Please join us and discover first-hand what it means to a blind person to receive a working Leader Dog. Public awareness is imperative to provide this organization’s continued success. Without volunteer puppy raisers, there would be no Guide Dogs.
A “Pasta for Puppies” spaghetti dinner fundraiser will take place on Monday, April 4, from 5 – 9 p.m. at the American Croatian Lodge, 34900 Lakeshore Blvd. in Eastlake to benefit this wonderful organization. Donation for the dinner is $15.
Founded in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind is an international, non-profit organization that provides guide dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired. Receiving a guide dog is a life-changing event that opens the doors to independence, safety and self-worth to individuals without sight.
Becoming a working Leader Dog is perhaps the most difficult career a service dog could achieve. Complete training takes almost two years and it begins with volunteer Puppy Raisers. The responsibility of a Puppy Raiser is to socialize and teach future Leader Dog pups some of the skills they will need to become successful guide dogs. The training starts when the pups are seven weeks old and they remain with the raiser for approximately one year. During this year, volunteer Puppy Raisers are responsible for all expenses incurred, including veterinarian, dog food, supplies and travel to and from the school.
Thanks to volunteers and donations from the community, Leader Dogs are provided free of charge to the blind and visually impaired. In an effort to generate funds for Puppy Raisers for the Blind, Inc. and Leader Dogs for the Blind, Inc.