Guiding Eyes for the Blind to hold free ‘open house’ Feb. 2

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Special to Dorchester Banner
Jess waits patiently while his puppy raiser visits at the open house, to explain about Guiding Eyes for the Blind program on Delmarva.

EASTON — Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Delmarva Puppy Raising Region will showcase their guide dogs in training at an Open House on Feb. 2 from 5-7 pm at The Holiday Inn Express on US Rt. 50 in Easton. Visitors will learn what it is like to be a Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy raiser as they meet local volunteers and cuddle with guide dogs in training.

Puppy Raisers are volunteers that take 8 week old puppies into their homes and love, nurture and educate them for a 12 to 16 month period before sending them off to their calling as a guide dog for a person who is blind or visually impaired.

For someone without sight, a Guiding Eyes dog provides life-changing independence as well as unconditional love and support. Puppy raisers come from all walks of life and include couples, families with children, young adults and seniors. Some already have forever pets of their own while others commit to raising guide dogs as a way to give their love to a new dog each year.

Following the Open House at the Holiday Inn in Easton on Feb. 2 from 5-7 pm, orientation training classes for those interested in becoming puppy raisers will be held Feb. 16, March 8h and March 15h from 5-7 pm at First Baptist Church on Idlewild Avenue in Easton. Attendance at all 3 classes is required.

Contact volunteer region coordinator Ellen Higgins at ellenqhiggins@gmail.com, call her at 410-991-5662 or visit guidingeyes.org for more information.

About Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss, as well as service dogs for children with autism. Guiding Eyes is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission and provides all services free of charge to individuals who are blind or visually impaired as well as to families with children with autism. The organization’s Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and its Canine Development Center is in Patterson, N.Y. For more information, visit www.guidingeyes.org, like Guiding Eyes on Facebook (www.facebook.com/guidingeyes) or follow @guidingeyes on Twitter.

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