Southeastern Guide Dogs invites the public to an information session about raising its puppies, one of the first steps to prepare the dogs for their duties as guide dogs. Raising selected breeds of puppies in its own facility and teaching them to become working canines, the organization provides guide dogs to people with visual impairments and other disabilities and offers them the opportunity to live an independent life with the help of a canine companion. It also provides canine help to individuals and organizations that depend on service dogs.
As a nonprofit organization, Southeastern Guide Dogs depends on volunteers for its operation and success. Puppy raisers are an important part of the volunteer force. They open their homes to the young dogs, foster and socialize them and help in their upbringing by teaching them basic obedience rules while allowing them to experience family life until the dogs return to school to continue their training. Puppy raisers also introduce the pups to social settings, such as grocery stores, restaurants, work places and other public domains.
Scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2012, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., the information session, which will include refreshments, will take place on the campus of Southeastern Guide Dogs at the Freedom Courtyard at 4210 77th St. E. in Palmetto, Fla. Because of limited space, guests should RSVP to Carol Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2012.
For directions, go to: http://maps.yahoo.com/#tt=&q=4210+77th+St+E%2C+Palmetto%2C+FL++34221-9270&conf=1&start=1&lat=27.584591&lon=-82.52269&zoom=15&mvt=m&trf=0
For more information about Southeastern Guide Dogs, go to: http://www.guidedogs.org/
or call: 941-729-5665