Volunteers - The Heart of Fidelco
Volunteers 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, May 20 from 10-11 a.m. with Puppy Raiser Orientation immediately following. Pre-registration required
- Stay tuned for the next session of Insights in Wilton.
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.
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.
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.
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.