Host Homes Needed for Southeastern Guide Dogs
PALMETTO - There are many ways to volunteer at Southeastern Guide Dogs, but here's one you may not have thought of - how about just loving and caring for a dog? Southeastern is looking for host families for their "breeder" dogs. In order to produce the traits required for successful guide dogs, Southeastern manages their own breeding colony of dogs that have been selected specifically for their intelligence, temperament, hardiness, soundness, and trainability.
Breeder hosts open their homes and hearts to care for these special dogs during their reproductive years and are required to live within 100 miles of the Palmetto campus so that they may return the dogs when their service is required or when it's time for puppies to be delivered.
Host families are selected based on their commitment to Southeastern's mission of creating and nurturing partnerships between visually impaired individuals and guide dogs, enthusiasm for the program, and the ability to provide a safe, secure and caring home. After the dogs have completed the breeding program, many host families adopt the dogs and continue to enjoy their company for their remaining time.
If you are interested in hosting one of these exceptional canines, please contact Southeastern Guide Dogs at (941) 729-5665 or visit www.guidedogs.org for further information and an application.
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