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Please apply at if you are interested in joining our club! Our organization is made up of puppy raisers and sitters. Both need to fill out the application and attend at least 5 classes. 

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The Guide Dog Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired. Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation has provided guide dogs and training, free of charge, to people who are blind or visually impaired.




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Mission Statement

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Our mission is to raise calm, confident, well-socialized dogs that have a good busy routine, obedience and outstanding house manners.

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Membership Requirements

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This club has a somewhat selective membership process. First, the interested student needs to submit an online application to The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. They can do so at Once they are in the system, their application can be sent to the Maryland chapter of the foundation. Students will be invited through email to attend an info session and classes. We can then work with the student to determine whether they will be a "puppy sitter" or a "co-raiser". To be a raiser or sitter, the student must complete a series of classes and another application. The rest of the process will be explained at the info session. We will not allow a student to raise a puppy in a dorm as there is not sufficient place for the puppy to live and grow. We will not allow freshmen to raise a puppy. However, if a student does live in a dorm or is a freshman, they may remain in or join the club as a "puppy sitter". Co-raisers are UMD students who are sophomores or above and live in an apartment or house. Our club has no fees; however, puppy raising does comes with some costs including: food and toys.