Friday, July 26, 2013

Feel Good Friday - Guide Dogs for the Blind

Did you ever wonder how dogs learn to be guides and get partnered with people in need? Well, I did. Today, Feel Good Friday goes to San Rafael, CA to visit Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Don and Lois training dogs.
According to their website, they provide "enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and professional staff."

The school was incorporated in 1942 by Lois Merrihew and Don Donaldson who believed dogs could be trained to help wounded servicemen returning from World War II without their sight.

Today there are two campuses, the first in San Rafael, CA and the second in Boring, OR. Training is provided for the dogs, as well as for the people who are going to work with them. As of today, Guide Dogs for the Blind has graduated more than 10,000 teams of dogs and people!

Betty White wants you get involved and who doesn't want to do what Betty White says? To see for yourself what it's all about you can either tour the San Rafael campus Monday through Saturday at 10:30am or 2:00pm or schedule your tour to coincide with a graduation. If you live outside the area you can watch the 4:25 minute video Soul Mates.

Other ways to get involved - volunteer to be a puppy raiser, donate some cash or like their Facebook page to keep up with current events.

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