Spring 2020

Photo of Volunteer Linda Gilley and Ocean

Volunteering to make a difference.

By Melanie | May 22, 2020

Volunteers are critical to the success of nonprofit organizations, and particularly to organizations like ours that rely on volunteers to fulfill our mission. Fidelco is fortunate to have hundreds of…

Photo of Linda W. and Kora

A Remarkable and Wonderful Journey: A Client Letter to Fidelco.

By Melanie | May 22, 2020

Dear Fidelco Family, My journey over the last 55 years has been both remarkable and wonderful. It started in 1965 when I received my first guide dog. In 1983, when…

Map showing Fidelco Guide Dog placements

Covering a lot of ground together.

By Melanie | May 22, 2020

Since 1960, more than 1,500 Fidelco guide dog teams have journeyed through life together. Our clients often tell us how profoundly their guide dogs have impacted their lives. But the…

Fidelco black and tan dog head tilt

Home Away from Home

By Melanie | May 22, 2020

Fidelco’s kennel, affectionately known as “Hotel Fidelco,” is a warm and welcoming place for dogs-intraining. Fidelco puppies, raised in the loving homes of volunteer Puppy Raisers, return to Fidelco twice—…

Vintage images of Fidelco Guide Dogs

Fidelco: Always Moving Forward.

By Melanie | May 22, 2020

1960s In the 1960s, the Kamans were breeding German Shepherds in their home kennel, placing them with Puppy Raisers, and then donating them to other guide dog schools for training.…

Puppy Raising 101

By Melanie | May 22, 2020

WHO Anyone can apply to become a Volunteer Puppy Raiser. Applicants complete an online application, agree to a background check, attend our “Insights” orientation class, and receive a home visit…

VetMed Team examining Fidelco dog

Caring is our Calling

By Melanie | May 22, 2020

The day begins early for Fidelco’s Vet-Med staff, and remains fast-paced throughout, while the three-member team performs medical procedures that keep our dogs healthy. This cohesive, committed team provides the…

Dame Feeding Pups

Where the Journey Begins

By Melanie | May 22, 2020

When asked about the new line of German Shepherd dogs that would become Fidelco’s breed stock, Robbie Kaman said: “There was an unmistakable, intangible character to these dogs from herding…

Brad S and Gizzy with American Flag Backdrop

Brad S.

By Scott Clouser | May 20, 2020

Lt. Brad S. was blinded while serving as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer with a Naval SEAL Team in Afghanistan. After he lost his vision, Brad shares, “I was…