Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it hard to give the puppy back?
It can some times be very hard, but we do know they are going on to better and greater things. The best experience that we could ever have is seeing our puppies look and act all grown up and help some one see the world again.
- What breeds are used as Guide Dogs?
Guide Dogs for the Blind breeds and uses Black and Yellow Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Lab/Golden crosses. Seventy percent of the puppies are Labs. A raiser may not specify a breed.
- How long would it take for me to get a puppy?
Depending upon circumstances, such as litter availability and raiser/home approval, it can take 2 to 5 months to recieve a puppy.
- What would I need to provide for the puppy; what would Guide Dogs provide?
A raiser is responsible for providing feeding bowls, food, toys, xpens, crates, and grooming tools. The club will supply a Puppy Raising Manual, puppy vest, and gentle leaders as the puppy grows. Guide Dogs for the Blind will provide two sizes of collars with identification, two leashes(leather leash for first time raisers only), ear cleaner, tooth paste and brush, flea and heartworm medication and all paperwork connected with the puppy. The Guide Dogs also provides an allowance of $250 veterinary care for each puppy the time the pup is in a raiser's home. Any expense over this amount must be pre-approved by the Accounting Department.
- How do I find a local puppy raising club in my area?
Contact the Puppy Raising Department at Guide Dogs for the Blind (1-800-295-4050). A member of the staff can provide you with the contact information of a leader in your area.
- Are the cost of raising a Guide Dog puppy tax deductible?
Yes, Guide Dogs for the blind is a nonprofit charitable organization, and all expenses incurred be the raiser as they relate to raising the puppy (dog food, veterinary bills, gas mileage, toys, etc.) are considered a donation to Guide Dogs. Guide Dogs suggests all puppy raisers a consult with a tax advisor to receive the proper IRS requirements for documentation.
- Are there meetings to attend with the puppy?
Yes. Puppy raising groups meet regularly under the direction of a leader(s) trained by Guide Dogs for the Blind. These informational meetings offer a place to learn about training techniques, meet other raisers and participate in excursions with the puppy.
Eyes for Tomorrow has one monthly meeting, several skilled outings, as well as fun outings throughout each month.
To make sure your pup is getting off to a good start, you and your puppy are required to attend weekly meetings until they are 5 - 6 months old. After that, you and your puppy are required to attend meetings, skilled outings and novel outings each month.