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Guide Dogs 

But before the canines can get to that point, they need a little guidance from caring volunteers. Sharon Pelletier has the story.

&quot:MANY DOGS PASSED THROUGH THE HOUSEHOLD&quot:

MOST DON’T STAY FOR LONG….THEY GO ON TO SERVE AS GUIDE DOGS FOR BLIND PEOPLE…..

IN 1991, PAT BECAME A PUPPY RAISER FOR AN ORGANIZATION CALLED….GUIDING EYES…..

&quot:THE PUPPY RAISERS SUPPLY A LOVING HOME…OFFER SOCIALIZATION EXPERIENCES WHERE THEY TAKE THE DOGS TO VARIOUS PLACES TO GAIN CONFIDENCE IN DIFFERENT EXPOSURES.&quot:

THE RAISERS…GET THE PUPPIES WHEN THEY’RE JUST 8 WEEKS OLD….AND THEY’LL STAY FOR A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR…..

DURING THAT TIME….THE DOGS WILL BECOME PART OF THE FAMILY….AND GET THE TRAINING THEY NEED FOR THEIR FUTURE MISSION…..

SIT…THAT’S A GOOD BOY&quot:

AND ALL OF THAT TRAINING IS POSITIVE…

&quot:AS OPPOSED TO THE OLD WAY OF MAKING THE DOG OBEY THIS IS ENCOURAGING YOUR DOG TO WANT TO BE WITH YOU AND TO WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING.&quot:

PAT IS NOW THE STATE OF MAINE COORDINATOR FOR THE VOLUNTEER GROUP….SHE SAYS THERE ARE 13 FOSTER HOMES FOR THESE DOGS IN THE STATE…

BUT SHE SAYS MORE ARE NEEDED…..

AN INCREASE IN DISEASES LEADING TO BLINDNESS..IS LEADING TO AN INCREASED DEMAND FOR THESE DOGS…..

NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY TO BECOME A RAISER…YOU JUST NEED SOME TIME TO SPEND WITH SOME GREAT DOGS…THAT HAVE A GREAT MISSION….

&quot:I’VE SEEN FIRST HAND WHAT A GUIDE DOG CAN DO FOR A PERSON THAT DOESN’T HAVE SIGHT. THE ENORMOUS BOND THAT THEY HAVE WITH THAT PERSON.&quot:

SHARON PELLETIER, WABI-TV5 NEWS, BELFAST.&gt:

There are 13 foster homes for these dogs in Maine right now coordinator Pat Webber says more are needed.

Folks interested in doing this don’t need experience, hey just need some time to spend with the dogs.

You can also go on line at volunteer.guidingeyes.org OR CALL 1-866-GEB-LABS.