TRENTON, N.J. –  The bill designating the Seeing Eye® dog as the State Dog, making it New Jersey’s newest state animal, will go to the Governor's desk, announced Assembly Republicans.

The Seeing Eye,  which is located in Morris Township, enhances the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of their specially trained dog. 

“Guide dogs are life-changing companions for those who are visually impaired and greatly improve lives by helping foster an atmosphere of independence and mobility,” said John DiMaio (R-Warren).

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The Seeing Eye is one of the world’s premier service-dog training organizations and has been headquartered in New Jersey since 1931. Twelve states have designated state dogs, but New Jersey would be the first state to designate the guide dogs as a state animal.

“These highly trained, intelligent, loyal, and gentle service dogs are indispensable,” stated Dunn (R-Morris). The guide dogs, and the individuals who train them, truly are a representation of everything good in New Jersey and I am proud to say the Seeing Eye® organization is headquartered in Morris Township, NJ. 

“The Seeing Eye dog organization has changed the lives of many New Jerseyans,” said Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney (R-Bergen), who co-sponsors the bill. “It has been imperative in giving people with visual impairment independence and mobility. I applaud the legislature for passing this bill to recognize this important organization and declaring guide dogs as the state dog.”