First American To Host Guide Dog Puppies-In-Training From CNI Puppies of Orange County
—Campus Visit Provides Opportunity for Local Puppy Club of Guide Dogs for the Blind to Socialize Puppies—
September 14, 2010, SANTA ANA, Calif.
First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading global provider of title insurance and settlement services for real estate transactions, announced today announced it will host six Guide Dog puppies-in-training from the CNI Puppies of Orange County at its Santa Ana campus on Sept. 17, 2010.
CNI Puppies of Orange County, a local puppy raising club for the national non-profit organization Guide Dogs for the Blind, will bring Guide Dog puppies-in-training to the First American campus to socialize them in a work environment.
“First American believes in supporting the communities in which we operate,” said Dennis J. Gilmore, CEO of First American Financial Corporation. “Throughout the year, we offer many opportunities for our employees to volunteer and support local organizations here in Santa Ana and at all of our locations worldwide. We are happy to open our campus to the puppies-in-training for this visit.”
CNI Puppies of Orange County receives 8-week-old puppies, which the organization’s volunteers (puppy raisers) raise in their homes for 12 to 14 months. The puppy raisers teach the dogs to have excellent house manners and socialize them to the world by introducing them to new people, places and experiences. When the puppies are 15 to 18 months old, they are returned to the Guide Dogs for the Blind campuses in San Rafael, Calif., or Boring, Ore., for formal guide-work training and are eventually matched with blind students enrolled at these schools. The new person/dog team completes an intensive in-residence course culminating with a graduation ceremony at which the puppy raiser formally presents the dog to its new partner.
Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility and quality of life to people who are blind through lifetime partnerships with guide dogs. The organization has produced more than 11,000 partnerships across the U.S. and Canada since 1942.
The goal of the puppy club visit to the First American campus is not only to provide the puppies with a workplace environment in which to socialize, but also to increase awareness about the puppy raising program and Guide Dogs for the Blind among First American employees.
“We are grateful to First American for opening up their campus for this event and providing our dogs with a workplace environment in which to practice their socialization skills,” said Kristine Williams, co-leader of CNI Puppies. “While it is our hope that the Guide Dog puppies-in-training will gain some good experience in an office environment, we hope this event will also increase community awareness and support of our program. In addition, many people don’t know how to react when they see a working guide dog and our goal is to educate people on proper guide-dog etiquette as well.”
Information on involvement with CNI Puppies will be available to First American employees who will have the opportunity to interact with the dogs while they are on campus. Guide Dogs for the Blind has more than 1,400 dedicated puppy raising volunteers to help raise good canine citizens and prepare them for their formal guide-work training. The non-profit organization breeds and trains yellow and black Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever crosses. Puppy raisers reside in the eight Western states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
About Guide Dogs for the Blind
Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility and quality of life to people who are blind through lifetime partnerships with Guide Dogs. This non-profit organization, headquartered in San Rafael, Calif., is the largest school of its kind and has produced more than 11,000 person/dog partnerships across the United States and Canada. Services are offered entirely free of charge. To donate to the non-profit organization or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.guidedogs.com.
About First American
First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services to the real estate and mortgage industries, that traces its heritage back to 1889. First American and its affiliated companies also provide title plant management services; title and other real property records and images; valuation products and services; home warranty products; property and casualty insurance; and banking, trust and investment advisory services. With revenues of $4 billion in 2009, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents and partners in all 50 states and in more than 60 countries. More information about the company can be found at www.firstam.com.