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Scranton, PA - Steamtown National Historic Site will partner with the 4-H Seeing-Eye Puppy Project, a joint effort of The Seeing Eye Inc., of Morristown, N.J., and Penn State Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program on Sunday afternoon, June 24, in welcoming three regional puppy clubs for continuing canine education!
The mission of The Seeing Eye is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of seeing-eye dogs. It encompasses puppies bred for a special destiny, loving volunteers who nurture the pups for about a year, dedicated instructors who prepare the dogs for their life's work, and blind people who seek increased mobility, dignity, self-sufficiency and self-confidence with seeing-eye dogs as their companions and guides. The three regional puppy clubs, “Paw Partners” (Pike County), “Pocono Guiding Pups” (Monroe County) and "Pawsabilities” (Luzerne County), will bring their 13 puppies to the Park, affording them the opportunity to acclimate to very loud sounds, such as a historic steam locomotive and a variety of railroad rolling stock. For more information on the project, visit www.seeingeye.org.
At 1:30 p.m., Diane Boucher Appel of “Paw Partners” will host a special meet and greet the puppies, demonstrating various canine training methods and commands.
Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391, or by visiting the Steamtown web site at www.nps.gov/stea.
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