Thursday February 06, 2014
For the last two years, the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) located in South Burlington has opened its doors for puppy classes for future guide dogs and their volunteer raisers. Puppy raisers are volunteers from the community who welcome a Guiding Eyes puppy into their hearts and homes for about 16 months, teaching them good manners and basic obedience skills. Puppy classes are an important part of the process—supporting and educating our raisers throughout their journeys.
The non-profit group Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB) has been fortunate to have the support of VABVI in achieving their mission of training guiding eyes dogs. In just these two short years, many pups raised in the Burlington area have gone on to change people’s lives. Three dogs are now working as guides for blind and visually impaired people. One dog has become a brood and is now responsible for future generations of Guiding Eyes dogs. Two more are working as detection dogs – keeping people safe in important areas of New York City.
There are currently six puppies involved in the program in this region of GEB, all with wonderful raisers from the local area! The volunteer puppy families and VABVI make it possible.