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Getting Started

On behalf of the Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers, I would like to welcome you and your family as potential members of our guide dog raising group. Running an organization such as ours requires a great deal of planning andSeymore_smallforesight. Our goal is to develop these very special puppies into successful working guide dogs. As you might imagine, it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to coordinate such a project and maintain our high standards of success. We could not expect to meet our goal of developing successful working guides without your active participation. Therefore the club has developed the following prerequisites for individuals interested in becoming new puppy raisers or puppy-sitters.

  • Review website, including our club overview.
  • Complete an initial questionnaire. Provide your contact info in our Contact Us form for more information.
  • Attend six consecutive club meetings.
  • Attend one graduation ceremony at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. Graduations are held on Saturdays at 1:30pm. Please visit Guide Dogs for the Blind website for upcoming events.
  • Schedule a home visit and interview with the club leaders. All family members must be present for the interview, and the visit will include a house and yard check.
  • Fill out a volunteer application and a puppy placement questionnaire for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
  • Puppy-sit two different puppies in the club, three day/three night stay minimum required. The leader will help in making the appropriate arrangements.
  • Upon completion of the above items, your application will be submitted to Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the leader will inform you when a puppy is ready for you.

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of our guide dog family and a vital part of our team.

Ellen, Joelle and Angela