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Covid–19 Update 4-7-21

There’s good news at Fidelco as spring finally arrives. A thriving class of young dogs are training, new puppies are expected and we’ve placed 17 guide dogs since January.  As vaccine distribution accelerates and some states revise travel restrictions, the staff is carefully evaluating when and where placements can be planned. As always, please contact…

Fidelco guide dog pup "Denise" sitting in front of Fidelco Banner

Denise

Denise on WFSB Channel 3. Fidelco guide dog puppy “Denise” is named in honor of WFSB Channel 3 news anchor Denise D’Ascenzo who passed away late last year. Denise is remembered for her service to the community, countless accolades, and genuine kindness. Her legacy lives on in “Denise” – a puppy with promise who will…

Gypsy close up with head tilt

Welcome A-Gypsy!

In a first-ever collaboration, 8 puppies – 5 girls and 3 boys – were born to “Luna” of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and “Indy” from Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. This adorable little lady, now named, “A-Gypsy,” will be raised by Fidelco Trainer and Placement Specialist, Becky Cook. This is a significant step in continuing…

ACVO Eye Exams Canceled for 2021

Right at home

When Fidelco Volunteer Puppy Raiser Instructor Wendy Davis brought home the D-29 litter of eight 4½-week-old puppies in February, she had no idea of how the world was about to change. As a longtime Fidelco staff member in the Puppy Department and experienced Golden Retriever breeder and show handler, Wendy knows a thing or two…

Full house

Like so many organizations in the United States and around the world, Fidelco quickly transitioned to remote operations in mid-March as the COVID-19 crisis mounted. Within 48 hours, every one of the 50 dogs in the kennel was welcomed into the home of a staff member, Puppy Raiser, or puppy sitter. Fidelco Trainer/Instructor Nate Lavigueur…

Not slowing down

“I don’t know what I’d do without him—it’s a perfect match.” That’s how Melissa (“Missy”), a Pennsylvania resident, describes her relationship with “Bordley,” the successor Fidelco guide dog she received in early March 2020. Missy’s beloved first guide dog, “Grady,” had passed away suddenly just a few weeks earlier, and she missed him desperately. But…

A meaningful decision

He is a jurist on the second most powerful court in the country, a lifelong advocate for civil rights and educational equality, and the proud one-year partner of Fidelco guide dog “Vixen.” The Honorable David S. Tatel sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was appointed to…

Off to college

In the summer before Marion Yingling’s senior year of high school, a flyer from Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation arrived in her family’s mailbox. After learning more about Fidelco’s mission and observing Puppy Raiser classes at the Wilton campus, Marion knew she wanted to become a Volunteer Puppy Raiser. Marion and her family soon welcomed Fidelco…

Photo of some staff members in front of a Fidelco tent

A supporting role in changing lives.

On any day of the week at Fidelco, dedicated “behind the scenes” staff members can be found deeply invested in the business of changing lives. The culture of Fidelco is for staff to fully participate in all we do. Walk down the hall at either one of Fidelco’s campuses—in Bloomfield or in Wilton— and pass…