Shortly before Nan Hayworth was sworn in as the 19th congressional district’s representative in the House she toured Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Canine Development Center in Patterson and its headquarters and training center in Yorktown.
The Patterson campus is currently in the midst of a multi-million dollar construction and renovation program.
In Patterson, early socialization practices are used by Guiding Eyes staff and volunteers in preparing puppies for their futures as guide dogs. At the Yorktown campus, the there are 170 dogs residing in the kennels, as well as the veterinary hospital, which handles 4,000 dog visits annually.
“As an ophthalmologist, I understand the life-changing help that guide dogs provide for the blind and visually impaired,” Hayworth said. “Guiding Eyes is the model for effective, efficient, and dedicated service to our community, and I’m glad to honor the noble work of their professionals and volunteers.”
Guiding Eyes President and CEO William Badger said, “We are truly honored that Congresswoman Hayworth came to visit us. This is an exciting time for her, and we are grateful for her interest in our work.”
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (www.guidingeyes.org), an internationally accredited nonprofit guide dog school, was founded in 1954 to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely.