An assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Margaret Ann Dimond is a longtime supporter of animal rescue organizations in her community. Margaret Ann Dimond serves as a board member with Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people with visual impairments and disabilities.
Leader Dogs for the Blind encourages volunteers to become puppy raisers. Volunteers must commit to 12-15 months of service, during which time they will housebreak the puppy and teach it good behavior such as staying off furniture and not begging at the table. Puppy raisers also teach puppies basic commands and socialize them by exposing them to a variety of people, animals, and environments.
In terms of financial responsibilities, puppy raisers must purchase all food, leashes, toys, and replacement collars for their puppies. Leader Dogs for the Blind allows puppy raisers to bring their dogs to in-house veterinarians for free care. However, if puppy raisers do not live near a Leader Dogs center, local veterinarians often provide discounts for volunteer puppy raisers.