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Join NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher” and help fund Guf!

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

 April 28, 2014, 2014 – Smithtown, NY – NBC and the cast and crew of “Growing Up Fisher” have donated $16,000 towards Guide Dog Foundation puppy and future guide dog Guf, which will go a long way to help offset the $55,000 it takes to breed, raise, train, and place a guide or service dog, while there is never a cost to a recipient. 

Encouraged by the generous support given, the Foundation would like to fund Guf for the rest of his journey; and is asking for help. 

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. The Guide Dog 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. It’s a simple yet very effective way for you to change someone’s life.

Recently NBC and the cast and crew of “Growing up Fisher” sponsored Guf, a yellow Lab puppy from the Guide Dog Foundation. “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.  

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(Guf seen here with Growing Up Fisher cast member Jenna Elfman)

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.

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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