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.

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 Counties: Hunterdon, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cape May, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Rutgers University, Bergen, Essex, Northwest Morris, Southeast Morris and Southwest Morris

Pennsylvania Counties: Chester, Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northampton, Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster and York

Delaware Counties: New Castle, University of Delaware

Maryland County: Carroll

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