Sidekicks for Sight Puppy Club is a new member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities.
Sidekicks for Sight is a puppy raising club for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB). They raise puppies for about a year before they go in for formal guide work training.
Interested in becoming a puppy raiser? Puppies are placed in raiser homes when they are about 8 weeks old, and they return to a GDB campus for formal training when they are between 13 and 15 months old. Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching their puppies good manners and basic obedience. The club meets twice a month to work on specific skills and support raisers through the process. They also meet once a month for a socialization outing. No special training is needed; all training and support is provided.
If you aren’t able to commit to raising a puppy full time, or if a year is too much, there are still other ways to get involved. 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. There are many ways you can get involved!
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Sidekicks for Sight, click here.