12 people are interested
ORGANIZATION: Guide Dogs for the Blind Highlands Ranch Puppy Raisers
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12 people are interested
Qualified volunteer puppy raisers receive their charges when the pups are approximately 8 weeks old, and return them to our campuses between 13 and 18 months old. Raisers are responsible for teaching the puppies good house manners and basic obedience, and most importantly, socializing them to the world. No prior experience is necessary to become a puppy raiser; we will help you through the process every step of the way. It is a rewarding, emotional experience, and a commitment for which Guide Dogs is extremely grateful. As a puppy raiser, not only will you discover the delight of a four-footed, wet-nosed companion, you will join a community of like-minded people all working toward improving the quality of life for people who are blind.
**Student volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to all meetings**
About Guide Dogs for the Blind Highlands Ranch Puppy Raisers
9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129, US
We are a Guide Dogs for the Blind volunteer puppy raising club located in Highlands Ranch, CO. Don't let the name fool you! We have raisers/puppy sitters in Parker, Castle Rock, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Centennial, Littleton, Roxborough, Ken Caryl, Lakewood, and more. We're always looking for volunteers to join us, regardless of your address. No prior dog training experience is necessary. Our monthly meetings and outings will teach you what you need to know to raise a puppy. The members of our club are excellent support for each other throughout this process.
Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is a nonprofit, charitable organization that was established in 1942 to provide a safe means of mobility for people who are blind and visually impaired. GDB is the largest guide dog school in the country and continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. GDB receives no government funds. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.
Volunteer puppy raisers receive a guide dog puppy at approximately eight weeks old, and the pup will return to one of GDB’s campuses for formal training between 15 and 17 months old. We are responsible for teaching the puppies good manners and providing them with comprehensive socialization experiences. Puppy raisers can have other pets in their home and if you are not able to commit to raising a puppy full time, there are still other ways to get involved with our local puppy club, such as puppy sitting. And, GDB's puppy raising program complements many FFA, 4H, homeschooling, high school, and college programs.
Multiple locations Littleton, CO 80126
February 17, 2024
- Critical Thinking
- People Skills
- Problem Solving
- Reading Comprehension
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
- People 55+
- Must be at least 9
- Orientation or Training
- Volunteer puppy raisers receive a guide dog puppy at approximately eight weeks old, and the pup will return to one of GDB’s campuses for formal training between 15 and 17 months old. We have other, less time-intensive opportunities as well!
- Attendance of training meetings is required. These meetings occur on the first and third Thursday of every month, but occasionally fall on weekends for special events.