September means back to school for many of us! Princeton kicked off the new academic year with the newer "Pre-Rade” tradition, and classes started on 9/13. September was also National Service Dog and National Guide Dog Month!
To kick-off our 30th Reunion Service Project, we are sharing the University’s #firstdayofcollege post featuring "Koa” who is at Princeton training to be a diabetic alert dog (@koatheservicepup on Instagram). This post was the University's #1 "liked" post of 2017! Plus, Koa (whose name in Hawaiian means "strong and brave”) will be on campus on Friday afternoon of Reunions as part of our Service Project on Service Dogs (ilio)!
Service dogs fall into several categories depending on their training. The most commonly known service dogs are guide dogs. These dogs help those with visual impairments or blindness to find their way around and to protect them from obstacles in their way.
We will be following pups from this group until Reunions weekend when we will end our year-long service with a visit to their Morristown headquarters to learn how the dogs and students train and to participate in a hands-on service project with our classmates. We’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about service dogs and meet "our” pups on campus during Reunions weekend for lots of hugs and kisses and plenty of puppy playtime!
Come back to this page for updates and new photos of our Seeing Eye pups and the organization’s needs. Our class may even have the opportunity to name a pup (Kona? Maui? Kika? Eisgruber? Bilbo?) depending on how generous we all are…Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, enjoy these photos of Seeing Eye pups in training and read on to learn more about The Seeing Eye!
285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. About 90% of the world's visually impaired live in low-income settings. An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired. 82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.
The Seeing Eye's mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye® dogs. In pursuit of this mission, The Seeing Eye breeds and raises puppies to become Seeing Eye dogs, trains Seeing Eye dogs to guide blind people, instructs blind people in the proper use, handling, and care of the dogs and conducts and supports research on canine health and development.
Did you know? The Seeing Eye (founded in 1929) is the oldest guide dog training organization in the United States, with over 500 dogs being trained within a 3-hour radius of their Morristown, NJ headquarters.
The facility in Morristown is a residential facility with a breeding facility nearby: 4 types of dogs are bred: German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and a Golden/Lab cross.
The Seeing Eye provides the dogs that are raised by the Mercer County Puppy Raisers program, which has an existing relationship with the University. These puppies and their raisers visit Princeton’s campus during exam times to allow students to take a break, relax, and even relieve a little stress! The students LOVE it!
To learn more about The Seeing Eye, please click these links:
The Seeing Eye Children's Video - watch this with your kids!
Susan and Logan
It takes over US$40,000 and a two-year time commitment to train a single guide dog.
To make a donation to support The Seeing Eye as part of our 30th Reunion Service Project, please click the DONATE BUTTON on the left. Once all donations from classmates are in, our class will then present our collective Class of ’88 gift to The Seeing Eye when we visit their headquarters over Reunions weekend. Your donation is fully tax-deductible!
The Seeing Eye Service Project: Thu, May 31, 2018
On-Campus Presentation & Puppy Visit: Fri, June 1, 2018
The visit to The Seeing Eye headquarters will be on THURSDAY 5/31 during the day (approximately 11 am - 4 pm) and our Service Dog on-campus presentation - complete with a visit from Mercer County Puppy Raisers and the pups they are raising - will be from 3:30 - 5 pm on FRIDAY 6/1.
Plan your arrival on campus accordingly so you don’t miss out! Volunteers at The Seeing Eye HQ facility must be age 16 or older, but family members ages 6 and up are welcome to come to Morristown for the visit/tour before the hands-on project!
Think BOLD, think BIG, think Princeton in the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity
If we raise $5000 or more, we have the opportunity to name a puppy who is training to be a guide dog! Here is a link to start thinking about Hawaiian dog names! http://www.mydogsname.com/hawaiian-dog-names/
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!