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Islanders Partner With America's VetDogs To Raise Future Service Dog

Islanders select puppy to start service dog training, shoot fourth-annual pucks and paws calendar

by Cory Wright WrightsWay /

New season. New puppy!

With future guide dog Radar closing in on completing his puppy raising journey, he'll soon be heading back to the Guide Dog Foundation begin his formal training to become a guide dog for someone visually-impaired, the New York Islanders drafted a new doggo to become part of the team. 

The Islanders new Pup with a Purpose is an adorable, female, 11-week old Labrador Retriever, who will grow up to become a service dog through America's VetDogs, to one day assist a veteran or first responder with disabilities. The raising will last between 14 - 16 months and will include on-site training at Islanders facilities, games and community events. 

Video: Islanders New Puppy with a Purpose!

It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of the VetDogs' services are provided at no charge to the individual. Funding comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, and service and fraternal clubs.

Similar to last year, fans will have a chance to help name the new Isles puppy. Fans can vote on her new name here. Voting will run until Oct. 23 at noon and be announced on Oct. 24.  

The team picked the new puppy at the 4th annual 2020 Pucks and Paws Calendar photo shoot on Tuesday. This year's calendar will benefit America's VetDogs and will be available on Black Friday. Both Radar and the new puppy will be featured in the calendar along with other future service dogs from America's VetDogs. 

Follow the Puppy with a Purpose, and Radar's continued training, with our Puppy with a Purpose page

See below for photos of the new puppy. 

Learn more about America's VetDogs here.


About America's VetDogs

Since 2003, America's VetDogs ( has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel. America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and serves clients from across the United States. VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America's VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.

America's VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. 

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