Puppy Raisers take our pups at about eight weeks of age. They love and care for them. They participate in weekly classes at our Fidelco training center. Then, when the pups are approximately 14 to 16 months old, they return them to us for formal guide dog training.
Hundreds 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.
Fidelco puppy raisers are the first 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.
"Being a puppy raiser has taught me that "Milo" and Fidelco are part of something bigger and our role as puppy raisers is to make sure that these dogs are able to fulfill their mission to light the way."
"This experience has been more fulfilling, challenging and rewarding than either of us could have ever expected."
Danielle and Jason
"We recommend everyone raise a puppy. It's fun; it's a real commitment, but very rewarding."
Bill and Jeanne
"Knowing the tiny puppy I bring home will one day change someone's life is extremely gratifying."
"Since I became a volunteer puppy raiser it has changed my life. It has taught me about responsibility, unconditional love, and at the same time I am working towards helping to make a difference in someone's life. And for me that is the most important."
Taking an eight-week old Fidelco puppy into your 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.