Southeastern Guide Dogs' mission is to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity.
Named as Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 Nonprofit of the Year, Southeastern Guide Dogs is internationally accredited guide dog school. Founded in 1982, the organization employs the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs. Southeastern Guide Dogs serves more than 400 graduates across the U.S. and continues to place more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefitting people with visual impairments and veterans. The charity provides all of its services free of charge and receives no government funding
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The posted information and reviews do not make it clear that there are volunteer activities in the state of Alabama, especially the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham areas. Puppy Raisers are sought who will raise, train, and provide socialization for future guide dogs in their first year of life. Go to www.guidedogs.org for more information on the Puppy Raising Program.
If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that involves your love of dogs, this is the place. Something as simple as walking a dog, makes a great difference in the life of the dog and is a great help to this organization. There are many places on this campus that you can volunteer, such as admin, puppy kennel, training kennel, gift shop, and they all are very rewarding and mean a great deal to this org. I have been volunteering here 5 years now, and this is the most appreciative group of people to volunteer for!
I have been volunteering in the puppy kennel for 3 years now. If you love puppies, and don't mind a little hard work sometimes, this position will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling!
I have met, and worked with so many amazing people, and I look forward to seeing them during my time on campus. I believe in this organizations mission, and totally support it! I am proud to be a volunteer at Southeastern Guide Dogs!
If you have a really big heart and want to help an individual gain their independence we want you to become a puppy raiser.The staff and volunteers are very dedicated to a mission to support not only the visually impaired but also our veterans with Post Traumatic Stress. This is a community not just an organization. You will make friends for life including lots of the 4 legged furry ones. If you love dogs there are endless opportunities to volunteer on Southeastern's campus if you live in the Tampa/Sarasota area. Go to a puppy raiser meeting and make friends with some of the most generous giving individuals and terrific puppies you could ever let into your life.
If you like dogs, and have the discipline to raise them for a purpose, raising a puppy is great. Southeastern provides excellent support for the process. If you do not have the year required for raising, there are other opportunities at the school. The one I enjoy the most is the weekend away program, where you you take one of the dogs who are in the formal harness training program home for a weekend so they can relax. You need to contact the school to sign up to volunteer, but once you do there is all sorts of puppy related stuff you can do.