About Our Club

Who we are

Guide Dogs for the Blind – Palo Alto, CA Puppy Raisers (formerly Mid-Peninsula Puppy Guides) is located on the San Francisco peninsula in California. We are volunteer raisers of all ages and from all walks of life who are given the privilege of raising Guide Dog puppies from 8 weeks to 16-18 months of age. The pups are whelped at the breeding kennel, which is part of the San Rafael campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

During the year or more that the pups are living in our homes, we teach them basic obedience commands, proper house behavior, and socialize them in all aspects of the outside world. It is important that they have plenty of experience going to public places and doing things that most dogs don’t experience. They need to be fully used to and comfortable “working” in any environment.

Our raisers and puppy sitters live on the San Francisco Peninsula, from San Mateo to San Jose. Our group meeting place is the Rinconada Library in Palo Alto. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of most months (some exceptions for holiday weekends) at 1PM.

See the Get Involved page if you are interested in joining our club.

Interested in learning more?

This video gives a good overview of who we are, how our meetings are structured, and how the puppy raising process works.