Meet Olivia - Charlie's Puppy Raiser
Olivia Poff is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and the very moment her feet hit the ground, was riding stick horses around the house and obsessively collecting stuffed animal dogs. A love for animals has simply always been in her blood.
When it was time, Olivia pursued schools with animal science programs rich with hands-on learning. She fell in love with the University of Georgia instantly upon visiting and had no idea the ways in which this school would shape the rest of her life. During her freshman year, Olivia was introduced to the Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs through the Foundations puppy raising program on the UGA campus. While at UGA, Olivia raised 6 dogs for the Foundation and VetDogs.
After graduating, Olivia landed a position with the Guide Dog Foundation as a Puppy Program Representative and as a puppy trainer at two correctional facilities as part of the Guide Dog Foundation's Prison Puppy Program.
After about 18 months, Olivia then transitioned into the training department as a guide dog training apprentice. She has since become an official guide dog mobility instructor for America's VetDogs and the Guide Dog Foundation.