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Puppy Raising 101

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 by a member of our puppy raising staff. WHAT Give a puppy a loving home. While raising a pup, you and the pup attend Saturday…

VetMed Team examining Fidelco dog

Caring is our calling.

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 highest quality of patient care every day. A member of Fidelco’s development department had the opportunity to “shadow” the team during a typical day. The…

Dame Feeding Pups

Where the journey begins.

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 lines. Their dedication to the job, and willingness to work with and for their handler were their high points.” These traits that Robbie identified more…

Brad S and Gizzy with American Flag Backdrop

Brad S.

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 hungry for the opportunity to prove this idea that I’m not a victim. I wanted to show I’m not suffering, I’m adapting. I’m struggling a…

Karen P. and her guide dog

Karen P.

Karen P. is a powerhouse in the power center of America. She is co-founder and managing partner of Federal Financial Analytics, a Washington, D.C. consulting firm specializing in domestic and international financial services regulation. It’s not unusual to see Karen moving swiftly through the halls of Congress or attending meetings at the White House. She is…

Lina and guide dog Quest

Lina C.

When Lina C. was just a baby, her parents traveled from Colombia to the United States seeking treatment for the retinoblastoma that had spread to both of her eyes. Doctors saved her life, but Lina’s resulting blindness kept the family in the United States where they knew their daughter would have access to resources that…

Michael M.

SrA Michael M., USAF, and his Fidelco guide dog, “Xxon,” have an extraordinary story containing all the elements of an unforgettable movie: patriotism, war, drama, heroism, sadness, inspiration, love and triumph. But this is no movie script for Michael, it is very real. It is his life story. On January 3, 2010, in the remote…

Winnifred Judge

Winnifred J.

When Winnifred J., 94, first noticed a Fidelco guide dog team working together in downtown Branford, CT, nearly 50 years ago, she never believed she would be holding that harness. Winnifred remembers, “I was convinced you had to be completely blind, with absolutely no vision, to get a guide dog. So when I applied, I…