Open House Celebrates 75 Years of Community Support
On May 3, we opened our doors to the public to showcase our 75-year history and to thank the local community for their many decades of support. Attendees were able to tour our kennel, learn about the programs and services we offer our clients, and meet LDB staff, clients and canines.
Though the weather wasn’t the best (rain and wind with a little bit of hail thrown in just for fun) we estimate that attendance ranged from 1,000–1,500 people.
It’s no surprise that the Labrador retriever puppies were a big draw.
Several Leader Dog clients, including Debbie Dayton with her Leader Dog, Patrick (pictured above) were on hand to demonstrate how their dogs guide them around obstacles and share stories about how their dogs have enriched their lives.
Some of the best questions came from the many, and we mean many, kids in attendance who were curious about blindness and about our dogs. They also enjoyed getting their faces painted to look like puppies and coloring!
Guests enjoyed being able to see close-up how our dogs are trained, and had hundreds of questions to ask our guide dog mobility instructors about their jobs. Pictured is Guide Dog Mobility Instructor and Team Supervisor Phil Griffin.