Organization delivers puppies to be trained for service

The organization Guide Dogs for the Blind delivered two puppies to Springfield families Saturday to be raised fro a year prior to official guide dog training.

Posted: Feb 22, 2020 4:44 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2020 9:22 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The organization Guide Dogs for the Blind delivered two puppies to Springfield families Saturday to be raised for a year prior to official guide dog training. 

The volunteers raise Yellow Labs, Chocolate Labs, and Golden Retrievers for the purposes of serving the blind when they are older. 

They teach them house manners and socialize them.

Sue Burgess with the group says that there are 15 volunteer puppy raisers in the Eugene/Springfield area and she says it is tough work.

"It's not an easy job," said Burgess. "It's a 24/7 job and it can be a little heartbreaking. This is a fun day because we are getting puppies, but also last month when I got a puppy I turned my last puppy in so it was a bit of a sad day." 

If you are interested in learning more head to their website here.

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