Six years ago, I created a club in my county that links the local 4-H progam to the Seeing Eye program. Members of my club receive a new puppy every sixteen months. We train the puppies for a year and a half, and then send the dogs to New Jersey to be matched with a blind person. The club now has around forty members, and we have trained about thirty puppies to become guide dogs.
I also speak to the community about accepting guide dogs in-training into their organizations. Socialization is very important to the training of a Seeing Eye puppy and it takes an entire community to raise a pup. After several years of speaking to many local clubs and organizations, my community is now very receptive to guide dogs in-trianing.