Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity.

The goal of the North Carolina puppy raisers regional site for Guiding Eyes for the Blind is to help potential guide dog puppies develop into well adjusted, mannerly young adults. Volunteers devote their love and time to raise a potential guide dog from eight weeks to maturity. During this time manners are taught and puppies are safely socialized with varied situations and everyday experiences. After completing additional formal training, pups raised help blind men and women achieve greater dignity, security and independence.

Potential Guide Dogs at the Training Center in NY. (Photo by Anthony Benson).

In honor of daughter Laura Livingstone and her husband Anthony Benson, we have made a donation to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. As a volunteer for GEB, Laura spends most of her time teaching classes to the volunteer raisers and their pups. She is particularly interested in building human-animal relationships based on trust, respect, and joyful interaction. Laura and Anthony raised a guide dog, Justice, who is a working guide dog now.  Here's the dog they raised (on the right) with their dog, Mona.

Mona (left) and Justice, the guide dog. (Photo by Anthony Benson).


  1. This sounds like a wonderful program.

  2. Those little puppies are darling.