Marisa with Powell, Artie, Blas, and BonnieHello and welcome to RUSEPRC,

It is my pleasure to be serving as the president of the Rutgers University Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club (RUSEPRC) for the 2016-2017 year! Our club raises puppies for The Seeing Eye, the oldest guide dog school in the world located in Morristown, NJ. We train four breeds of dogs: German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Lab/Golden crosses. The purpose of our club is to stimulate an interest in The Seeing Eye, Inc. and educate the public about the Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Program, advance the mission of our mother organization, The Seeing Eye: to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye dogs, and raise puppies for the Seeing Eye in a nurturing family environment, in order to give them a firm foundation of love and trust, and to expose them to different daily stimuli, such as traffic, stores, people, and animals. Our club receives puppies when they are 7 weeks old and return to The Seeing Eye for formal training with a professional instructor at 14-16 months of age. During their time at Rutgers, our puppies grow up alongside their primary puppy raiser, our dedicated club members, and all of the Rutgers community.                                                                                                                          

I am starting my senior year and I joined RUSEPRC the beginning of my freshman year. I found out about our club from friends who knew about it before I even started at Rutgers. I would tell them I was going Rutgers to study Animal Science and they would tell me “You know there’s a puppy raising club, right?!” I became a sitter my first semester and got to spend time with the amazing dogs in our club. I served as the treasurer of RUSEPC last year. I was given an application to raise my own puppy at the end of my sophomore year. I received my first Seeing Eye puppy, Powell, in the beginning of November. Powell is a yellow lab/golden cross and will turn one on September 15th, 2016. I am now raising my second puppy, a black lab named Doug born on October 26th, 2016. He is a pleasure to have around and I know one day I will be very proud of him when he is a fully trained and matched Seeing Eye dog.

Our club is dedicated to our puppies and community service. All the members in our club can tell you that it is very rewarding knowing you changed someone’s life through puppy raising. They can also tell you that through this club they have made friends, became involved on campus, and became passionate about guide dogs and the mission of The Seeing Eye. I look forward to the upcoming school year and hope that you can get involved with our club.

 

Marisa Beckett
President 2016-2017