A Puppy Raiser is a volunteer for FGD who agrees to raise a puppy in their home so it can one day become a guide dog. At about 8 weeks of age, the puppy goes to live with the Puppy Raiser for 1 to 1.5 years. During that time, the Puppy Raiser plays a key role in the socialization and development of the puppy which greatly increases its chances of graduating from the guide dog program.
Interested in Becoming a Puppy Raiser?
Alison Sinnott is our Puppy Raiser Supervisor. She trains our puppies in the ‘Puppy Enrichment Center’ before they go to the Puppy Raisers’ homes. She also oversees our Puppy Raisers’ work with preparing the pups for formal guide dog training. You can contact Alison directly through her e-mail or contact the the FGD office at 315.822.5132 to request an information packet in the mail. The packet details everything involved in becoming a Puppy Raiser, including an application form so you can sign up right away. We are always looking for Puppy Raisers, so please give us a call if you’re interested.