RUTLAND - On Thursday, June 16, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an accredited nonprofit guide-dog school, will begin a series of orientation classes for Rutland- and Ludlow-area residents to educate potential volunteers on what it's like to raise a future guide dog.
The classes will be held at the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 60 Kimball Ave., in South Burlington.
Puppy raisers are volunteers that take puppies into their homes and love, nurture, and educate them for a 12-to 16-month-long period before sending them off as guide dogs for a blind or visually impaired person in Vermont.
Rachel Silverman, manager for the Vermont Puppy Raising said, "Vermont puppy raisers are truly the heart and soul of Guiding Eyes. We've had great response from Rutland and Windsor counties in the past. Without their dedication, we would simply be unable to provide guide dogs to people who need them. We are so excited to collaborate with VABVI, and we are grateful for their support of our mission."
The June 16 orientation session is the first of four classes.
The sessions run from 6-8pm, and registration is required.
Call 845-661-1014 for details.