Welcome to the Tri-Valley Guide Dog

The Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raising Club is a group of volunteers in Northern California who support the Guide Dogs Inc. (GDB) for the blind mission through puppy raising, puppy sitting, fundraising and general club support. We are a group of individuals who are passionate about giving back to our community, helping other and who find joy in raising companion animals to be future service dogs.


The Tri-Valley club was established in 2004, to meet the growing needs of puppy raising volunteers in the Tri-Valley area. The founding members of our club, were previously puppy raisers and leaders of the Alameda County Guide Dog Puppy Raising Club. When the Alameda  County Club grew too large, the Pleasanton based Tri-Valley club was started by Ellen. Her daughter Joelle has been the assistant leader for the club since 2006.

Club Members 

  • Puppy Raisers: Volunteers who foster Labrador and Golden Retriever puppies bred by GDB for about a years time. While in the raisers home, the puppy will need to be taught basic obedience, good house manners and socialization skills. It is the puppy raisers responsibility to expose the puppy to the outside world, and help build it’s confidence, so one day it will grow up to be a working guide dog.
  • Puppy Sitter: Volunteers who care for GDB puppies when their raiser needs to go out of town, or when a breeder-1puppy needs someone to care for them temporarily.
  • Club Volunteers: The club has a number of people who can not have a dog in their home, however they are able to support the club and GDB mission by assisting with fundraising activities, meetings, outings and other special events.
  • Club Leaders: Ellen Aguirre, Joelle Cook and Angela Matthews


The Tri-Valley Puppy Raising Club is located in the East Bay of Northern California. Our weekly meetings vary by location and training needs, but are normally held in Pleasanton. We are located about 45 miles from the Guide Dog campus in San Rafael, CA.  

If you are interested in learning more about Guide Dogs in general, please look at the Guide Dogs for the Blind website,www.guidedogs.com

If you would like more information about the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers, please contact us or fill out our quick and easy to-fill out form. .