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Volunteers - The Heart of Fidelco

Fidelco Puppy RaisersVolunteers make it possible for us to fulfill our mission of providing the highest quality German Shepherd Guide Dogs to men and women who are blind or visually impaired. From support of administrative and fundraising functions to assisting with the socialization and care of our dogs, each Fidelco volunteer plays an important role in making a difference in our clients' lives.

Interested in joining our volunteer team? You are invited to Fidelco Insights, a fun and informative session designed for prospective volunteers to learn about our mission, our amazing German Shepherd Guide Dog and the volunteer opportunities that allow you to be part of it. Bring your passion - and your family and friends!

    • The next sessions of Insights in Bloomfield is scheduled for Saturday, February 25 from 10-11 a.m. with Puppy Raiser Orientation immediately following.  Pre-registration required
    • The next session of Insights in Wilton is scheduled for Saturday, March 11 from 9-10 a.m. with Puppy Raiser Orientation immediately following.  Pre-registration required

Our Volunteers have the satisfaction of knowing that their efforts benefit men and women with vision loss who strive to live their lives to the fullest. Click here to learn more about the clients whose lives have been touched by Fidelco Guide Dogs.

If you would like to volunteer with Fidelco, please complete our online volunteer application. You can also send an e-mail to Volunteer@fidelco.org to learn more. However you decide to volunteer, thank you! See below to learn how to Raise a Puppy.

 

Fidelco's Auction & Raffle Drive 2017

Fidelco fulfills our mission, in large part, through the generosity and spirit of volunteers and partners within our Connecticut communities. Each year, we seek auction and raffle items to be used for our fundraising efforts at Fidelco's signature events throughout the year. Events are held at both our Bloomfield and Wilton locations, but include offsite venues, as well.. 

Please join our 2017 Auction & Raffle Drive!

Help by giving (or getting) auction and raffle items. To participate, contributions must be accompanied by a completed Gift-In-Kind Donation Form.

Our 2017 auction and raffle drive is open through the end of February (of course, Fidelco kindly welcomes donations throughout the remainder of the year). We welcome your auction and raffle item creativity!

For more information, please contact donation@fidelco.org.

Auction Item Ideas

No minimal value: Gift Cards  Minimal value of $25: Gift baskets, Vacation rentals, Event tickets, Signed memorabilia (must include Certificate of Authenticity), Services (salon/spa, limo, etc.)  Please, no alcohol or perishable items.

Raise a Puppy

Puppy Raisers take our pups at about eight weeks of age, love and care for them, participate in weekly socialization and training activities at the Fidelco training center and then, when the pups are approximately 14 to 16 months old, return them to us for formal guide dog training.

Thousands of families and individuals have participated in the Fidelco volunteer puppy raiser program over the years. They expose the pup to a wide variety of experiences in the home, on the street and in the world at large - the very things that the dogs will be required to handle as a guide for someone who is blind or visually impaired. The payback is immeasurable. 

testimonials

Fidelco puppy raisers are the first, important influence in the lives of our Fidelco pups. Without their love, dedication and patience, we could not produce the quality of guide dog that is a hallmark of Fidelco.  Meet some of our puppy raisers and learn more about these marvelous people and their invaluable contributions to Fidelco and our clients in their testimonials.

faq

Taking an eight-week old Fidelco puppy into the home is both thrilling and nerve-wracking (at least for the first few days). Here are some frequently-asked questions about becoming a Fidelco puppy raiser.