Join NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher” and Help Fund Guf

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The Guide Dog Foundation encourages others to fund Guf, a yellow Lab puppy sponsored by NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher”.

Support the "Guiding Guf" crowdfunding project and help change someone's life.

NBC and the cast and crew of “Growing Up Fisher” have donated $16,000 toward Guide Dog Foundation ( puppy and future #guidedog Guf, which will go a long way to help offset the $55,000 it takes to breed, raise, train, and place a guide or #servicedog, while there is never a cost to a recipient.

Encouraged by this generous support, the Foundation has started “Guiding Guf” ( on the website CrowdRise to raise the remaining $39,000 to cover all of Guf’s expenses on his journey to become a guide or service dog.

Today, not-for-profits use a variety of strategies to raise funds. #Crowdfunding is a way for many individuals contribute a little, with the goal of achieving a lot, to a particular project. It’s a simple yet very effective way for a supporter to change someone’s life.

“Growing up Fisher” was inspired by creator and executive producer DJ Nash’s own childhood experiences, when his father trained with and received a guide dog from the Foundation in 1981. The series airs on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

With approximately 1.3 million people in the United States who are legally blind, and as the 9 million baby boomers with vision loss continue to age, the number of seniors with vision loss will grow substantially. The Foundation has been privileged to witness a guide or assistance dog bringing a newfound sense of independence and dignity to someone with disabilities.

About the Guide Dog Foundation

For over six decades, the Guide Dog Foundation has supported the independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship a guide dog brings to its handler. Students come to its Smithtown, N.Y., campus from all over the United States and Canada for the quality of Foundation dogs and its innovative training techniques.

There is never a cost to consumers for their guide or service dogs. The Guide Dog Foundation relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to support its programs. It does not receive government funding.

In 2009, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind became the first assistance dog school in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. It was recertified by both regulatory bodies in 2013.

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