Guide Dogs for the Blind Boulder CO Puppy Raisers
We are a Guide Dogs for the Blind volunteer puppy raising club located in Boulder, CO. Don't let the name fool you; we have raisers and puppy sitters who live in Boulder, Arvada, Longmont and more. We're always looking for volunteers to join us. No special training is needed; we provide all training and support at our weekly meetings. Learn more in our Club Profile, the Get Involved section, or you can contact one of our leaders.
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 20 months old. We are responsible for teaching the puppies good manners and providing them with comprehensive socialization experiences. Puppy raisers can have other approved pets in their home. 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.
Come and join us! We meet every Tuesday. See Our club calendar for meeting times and locations.
Want to get involved, but not ready for a year-long commitment of raising a puppy? You could “start” a puppy from about 8 weeks until about 5 months, finish a “transfer” puppy, co-raise a puppy with another raiser, or be a puppy sitter. We have a lot of ways you can get involved!
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