NY Islanders pick a puppy
The New York Islanders announced today that the club has partnered with the Smithtown based Guide Dog Foundation to place a dog into the training process to become a future guide dog.
A chosen puppy will begin guide dog training on Sept. 14.
It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of the Foundations’ services are provided at no charge to the individual. Funding comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, and service and fraternal clubs.
“We are grateful to partner with the New York Islanders on this special program,” said Guide Dog Foundation President & CEO John Miller. “With the help of the team, the puppy will experience a variety of unique socialization opportunities that will help the them grow up to be a confident and well-rounded guide dog for someone who is blind or visually impaired.
In addition, the Islanders will partner with the Guide Dog Foundation to produce the 2019 Pucks & Paws calendar, marking the third consecutive year the team has partnered to produce a charity calendar.