The Islanders drafted a third Puppy with a Purpose for the 2021-22 season! This good doggo will be training for the next 14-18 months to be a guide dog to one day assist someone who is blind or visually impaired.
The Islanders are partnering with the Guide Dog Foundation in the Puppy with a Purpose program. The Guide Dog Foundation raises and trains puppies to become guide dogs and gives them to the blind, or visually-impaired at no cost to the individual. The Guide Dog Foundation is based in Smithtown, NY.
For the next 14 months, the New York Islanders will be part of the Guide Dog Foundation's "Puppy with a Purpose program" to help raise a puppy to become a guide dog. This path to service will include training milestones along with socialization. After completing socialization training, the Puppy with a Purpose will be eligible to begin formal guide dog training and will be donated to a blind or visually-imparied person - free of charge.