We are looking for special families to open their hearts and homes and join our family of weekend puppy raisers. PLEASE include a phone number at which to reach you if you respond that you are interested in this opportunity. The Guide Dog Foundation, its sister organization America's VetDogs, and the Connecticut Department of Corrections have partnered for an exciting program that will help provide assistance dogs for people with disabilities and allow inmates to give back to society. "Weekenders" host an assistance dog puppy-in-training from Friday evening through Sunday in their own home, providing vital socialization experiences for these puppies that they can't get in prison such as going to the mall or restaurants, attending sporting events, traveling by car or public transportation. The pups become members of the family and part of the family’s lifestyle each weekend. The dog you help raise may provide a new sense of freedom and enhanced mobility for a person with a disability - life with an assistance dog means they can do what they want, when they want. Guide Dog Foundation-bred puppies are placed at the Correctional Institutions in Hartford & Somers, CT, where they live with inmates during the week and receive intensive training targeted for these puppies to become service dogs for wounded veterans, or for others with disabilities.
371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787, US
To improve the quality of life of people who are blind, visually impaired, or who have other special needs.
Guide Dog Foundation strives to be the leading resource and provider of premier services to facilitate the independence of people who are blind or visually impaired. The Guide Dog Foundation also plans to be the standard by which the military and the VA measure assistance dog providers, and America's VetDogs (VetDogs) is our way of recognizing the sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform.
People with Disabilities
Veterans & Military Families
We'll work with your schedule.
In your home Friday-SundayPlease provide contact numberSomers & Hartford areasSomers, CT06071
August 22, 2019
Animal Care / Handling
Verbal / Written Communication
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Friday – Sunday
You will have the support of our local dog trainer.