About Los Angeles Southwest Guide Dog Raisers
Affiliated with Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
Target population: Los Angeles South Bay cities westside
Mission: To raise puppies to be trained as guides for people who are blind or visually impaired. Provide public education about issues related to people who are blind or visually impaired.
Puppy raisers are each responsible for the complete care, training, and socialization of their future guide for approximately 15 months, including costs for food and toys. GDB provides assistance with veterinary care fees.
Puppy raisers receive their puppy at approximately eight weeks of age. After about 15 months, the puppy is returned to the San Rafael GDB campus for formal training by CA licensed guide dog instructors. Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching their puppies basic obedience and good manners, both at home and in public. There can be other well-mannered pets in the home. GDB’s puppy raising program complements many other programs, including Future Farmers of America (FFA), home schooling, 4H, high school, and college programs. All ages can participate in L.A. Southwest puppy raising, from teens to retirees. Youth raisers must have a parent co-raiser.
Besides regularly scheduled L.A. Southwest meetings during each month, puppy raisers receive continuous support and guidance from their local group leader regarding training techniques and socialization opportunities. GDB publishes a Puppy Raising Manual that provides clear instruction and guidelines about the program. Puppy raisers are invited to attend GDB graduation ceremonies where they formally present the dogs they raised to their new partners.
Unique amongst puppy raising groups, L.A. Southwest members have made two additional commitments:
- to provide public education about blindness and related issues to both adults and youth through presentations to organizations, schools, corporations, and churches
- to assist blind youth and adults and their families to gain an understanding of both the guide dog lifestyle and the benefits and power of the human/animal bond
Additional L.A. Southwest program components include:
- puppy sitting for pups when raiser travels
- a members only on-loan inventory of puppy-raising equipment
- assistance with kennel costs for females in season
- assistance with vet care costs
- guide dog graduation scholarships
- designated gifts to special GDB canine welfare programs
- educational materials for presentations and events
We invite you to join us in making a difference while enjoying raising a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind. For further information about puppy raising click here, to read about or to schedule a presentation click here, to contact us about any other matter please click here. We look forward to talking with you about this meaningful program.
About Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs for the Blind is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942. With its extensive teamwork of staff, volunteers and donors they are able to empower lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities.
Guide Dogs for the Blind is more than an industry-leading guide dog school, it is a passionate community that serves the visually impaired. With exceptional client services and a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors and volunteers, GDB prepares highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of the services are provided free of charge without government funding.
Guide Dogs for the Blind has two campuses: one in San Rafael, California; another in Boring, Oregon. For more information about GDB, go to guidedogs.com.