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Mission Statement

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is dedicated to breeding, training and placing the highest quality German Shepherd Guide Dogs with men and women who are blind.


Journey from Pup to Fidelco Guide Dog Partner

At Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, our Guide Dog Program exemplifies compassionate care for both the clients we serve and the Guide Dogs we raise and train.

When German Shepherd puppies are born on the Fidelco campus, they are cared for by a loving Animal Husbandry staff who teaches early reward-based training.

At eight weeks of age, these future Fidelco Guide Dogs are brought home by a volunteer puppy raiser family who will care for and teach the young pup basic skills that it will need throughout its life.

Approximately one year later, the volunteer puppy raiser family returns the puppy to Fidelco, where it formally enters our Guide Dog Training Program.

For the next eight months, the dog works with a professional trainer/instructor on formal guide skills that will enable the dog to safely Share the Vision with a blind partner.

Once the perfect client-dog match is made by our expert placement staff, a fully-trained Fidelco Guide Dog is partnered with a man or woman who is blind.

This incredible partnership will continue for ten years or more. And, when a Fidelco Guide Dog's working career is done, Fidelco ensures a loving home for all of our retired Guide Dogs.



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Average Review 2 reviews

Would you recommend Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation?

by Kelly T. (2017-08-14 15:40:18.0)
I saw issues with management and the organization back in 2010 when I volunteered. I was a volunteer puppy raiser and volunteer at the organization itself. I worked with the volunteer puppy raiser full-timer as a liaison group helping prospective families/individuals whom were interested in raising a puppy. Raising the pup was a bit confusing with different trainers having different training methods and expectations. It ended up being very uncomfortable and confusing. The person in charge of the 'pup house' was impossible to please as an in house volunteer. She was making up the rules as she went and to what suited her and not the organization. It was very embarrassing and mortifying to be introduced, in front of a boardroom full of prospective pup raisers as currently having a pup but that I was not allowed to hold one at the facility because I had not taken a class on how to hold the pups properly. I left in tears. Find a group that treats volunteers better.
by Justitia D. (2015-02-17 20:44:12.0)
This organization used to be such a jewel. When the Kaman family was still running it, every volunteer was treated with respect and appreciation. Now, the new senior leadership seems to care only about people with large checkbooks. The volunteers should be the lifeblood of this nonprofit, but no one cares anymore. The thanks I got last year was an annual appeal in the mail. Russman, wake up. Board, wake up. This nonprofit has gone by the wayside.