For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Barlak, 973-775-8350

August 9, 2023


A young child rests in the grass alongside a German shepherd puppy, petting him. They are shown from behind.

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. – The Seeing Eye is pleased to announce it will host its first open house in more than 10 years on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event will provide a rare glimpse of the Washington Valley Campus, including areas not showcased during the organization’s limited public programs. Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of the facility, watch training demonstrations, meet Seeing Eye® dog handlers and puppy raisers, and talk to instructors. Puppy raising information sessions will be held throughout the event for those who are interested in volunteering to raise a Seeing Eye® puppy.

“The presence of Seeing Eye puppies and dogs throughout the state of New Jersey, and particularly Morris County, has been a constant for nearly 95 years,” President & CEO Peggi Howard said. “We invite members of the community to attend our open house and learn more about the powerful mission behind the official state dog of New Jersey.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the people, and of course, the puppies behind The Seeing Eye.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and children over 8 years. Tickets for children 8 years and younger are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and presented at the door. Visit for more information. 

Established in 1929, The Seeing Eye provides specially bred and trained dogs to guide people who are blind. Seeing Eye dog users experience greatly enhanced mobility and independence, allowing them to retain their active lifestyles despite blindness. The Seeing Eye is a 501(c)3 non-profit supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, bequests, and other planned gifts.

The Seeing Eye is a trademarked name and can only be used to describe the dogs bred and trained at the school’s facilities in Morristown, N.J. If you would like more information on The Seeing Eye, please visit the website at, call (973) 539-4425, or email