What Is The Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Program?

Shep puppy

A young black and tan German shepherd puppy looks curiously into the camera with round eyes and ears that are upright, but might flop over at any moment.

Over the course of a year and a half, volunteers like yourself host a puppy in their home. The family provides love, care, obedience training and social exposure to assist the puppy in becoming a future Seeing Eye® dog.


New! Register for our zoom webinar today and learn everything you need to know about becoming a Seeing Eye puppy raiser! Choose your session: Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. ET OR Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. ET.

Interested in getting started today or unable to join the webinar? Fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page and we'll get in touch!

Host families:

  • Attend required puppy club meetings and outings
  • Provide pup with loving environment, care of daily needs, and vet care for health needs
  • Provide obedience training according to TSE guidelines
  • Provide social exposure
  • Gain support from the Area Coordinator
  • Allow puppy to live in their home until returns for formal training

The Seeing Eye provides support by:

  • Providing an online manual and guidelines for Puppy Raising
  • Having a dedicated support staff member in your local area
  • Ensuring host families have appropriate training materials
  • Supplies heartworm and flea and tick preventative medications
  • Covering veterinary expenses
  • Assisting with food costs by supplying a quarterly stipend

Questions? Go to The Seeing Eye Puppy Raiser Program FAQ.

Our Host Puppy Raising Families live in the following areas:

New Jersey: All counties and Rutgers University

Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Cumberland, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York

Delaware: Kent, New Castle, University of Delaware

Maryland: Carroll, Cecil

New York: Orange, Rockland

I can't wait to learn more about puppy raising! 

For more information, please complete the form below and someone will happily contact you to share more information about the exciting adventure of being a Seeing Eye Puppy Raiser! You will have an opportunity to ask further questions during the conversation.

If you prefer, you may call 973-539-4425 x1769.

We look forward to hearing from you and potentially having you join our puppy raising family!