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Yorktown's Guiding Eyes For The Blind Asks Residents To Volunteer

While holiday sweaters may be stylish, Guiding Eyes dogs really need harnesses and service dog vests to do their jobs properly. A donation of $100 provides a guide dog in training with a harness for their important work.
While holiday sweaters may be stylish, Guiding Eyes dogs really need harnesses and service dog vests to do their jobs properly. A donation of $100 provides a guide dog in training with a harness for their important work. Photo Credit: Contributed
This Guiding Eyes puppy will one day be a priceless gift providing independence, companionship, and mobility for a person who is blind or visually impaired.
This Guiding Eyes puppy will one day be a priceless gift providing independence, companionship, and mobility for a person who is blind or visually impaired. Photo Credit: Contributed
Heeling autism dog Gabriel puts finishing touches on a snowman outside the Fountain family home. Since joining the Fountains two years ago, Gabriel has brought a sense of peace and hope that has allowed them to enjoy being a family again.
Heeling autism dog Gabriel puts finishing touches on a snowman outside the Fountain family home. Since joining the Fountains two years ago, Gabriel has brought a sense of peace and hope that has allowed them to enjoy being a family again. Photo Credit: Contributed
Guide-dog Payson works with a deaf-blind college student, helping him get to and from classes safely and independently.
Guide-dog Payson works with a deaf-blind college student, helping him get to and from classes safely and independently. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide-dog schools, is asking the community to get involved in special opportunities for philanthropy and volunteerism.

Some of these opportunities include raising a future guide-dog puppy or sponsoring a graduating ceremony and holiday tribute gift cards honoring family, friends and beloved pets.

For someone without sight, a Guiding Eyes dog is a priceless gift providing independence, companionship, and mobility. The nonprofit provides guide dogs, professional training and veterinary services for men and women who are blind or visually impaired at no cost, relying solely on contributions to fulfill its mission.

Guiding Eyes’ vast network of volunteers span 12 states throughout the Northeast. Volunteers are key to raising, training, and socializing the non-profit’s future guide dogs as well as supporting its operations in Yorktown Heights and Patterson. Puppy raisers welcome 8 week-old puppies into their homes with full support from Guiding Eyes, including training classes and free vet care, for a 14 to 16 month period before sending them off to their calling as a guide dog.

New partnerships with Amazon Smile, eBay and Goodsearch allow shoppers to contribute to Guiding Eyes through their holiday purchases. Supporters are also invited to honor the special people or pets in their life with a holiday tribute gift card, available with a donation of $25 or more, or to help further Guiding Eyes’ mission with their own in-kind gift of goods, services or expertise.

A $10 donation provides a treat pouch for a guide-dog instructor. For $25, Guiding Eyes is able to get a new pair of booties to protect a future guide dog’s sensitive paws while trekking through the snow. Supporters can feed a guide dog in training for two weeks with a $50 donation or, for $100, provide a new harness for their important work.

To learn more, visit www.guidingeyes.org.

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