Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation to hold open house

BLOOMFIELD -  Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will open its doors to the public for a free Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3 at its headquarters, One Vision Way. 

This free, fun-filled event features an array of family-friendly activities including behind-the-scenes tours of the Fidelco campus; puppy playtime; and police K9 and guide dog demonstrations, according to a release.
Experience what it means to “trust the dog” by taking a blindfold walk with professional Fidelco Certified Trainers and Guide Dogs.
Area Lions Club members will also conduct vision screenings on-site, the release said. 

"Fidelco breeds and trains its elite German Shepherd Guide Dogs for people who are blind across North America. It takes two years, 15,000 hands-on hours and $45,000 to produce each Fidelco Guide Dog, and they are given to clients at no cost." 

Since its founding in 1960, Fidelco remains the only Connecticut-headquartered guide dog school. The non-profit organization relies solely on the gifts and the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and civic organizations to help it Share The Vision®.

Fidelco’s Open House is held rain or shine at its headquarters, located off I-91 via exit 37 in Bloomfield.

For more information and directions visit www.fidelco.org or call 860-243-5200

Editor's note: All information and the photo in this post were contributed by Fidelco.

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