WHAT we do

Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) empowers lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. We give people who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to enjoy companionship, safety, and independence through specially trained guide dogs, all at no charge.

WHO we are

Established in 1942 to serve the needs of returning WWII servicemen, GDB is the largest guide dog school in North America. Since our founding, we have created more than 14,000 canine partnerships with people who are blind or visually impaired throughout the US and Canada. Our lifetime commitment of services and support are all free of charge to our clients. We receive no government funding and are supported solely by private donations.

WHY we do it

Anyone who has experienced the unconditional love of a dog can understand why a guide dog partnership is so valued and admired. Students who have graduated from our program often describe their guide dogs as best friends, mind readers, even soul mates. It’s a connection that goes much deeper than what most of us have ever experienced, even with another human being, because this relationship requires not just companionship but absolute trust and interdependence. But it doesn’t happen by itself. It takes a community of dedicated people and many years of hard work to facilitate and nurture a relationship between a blind person and a guide dog. GDB provides the best possible opportunity for people to find their perfect partner - offering the best dogs, the best instructors, dedicated volunteers, and a highly personalized program. The human-animal bond creates a ripple that adds meaning and enrichment to each of our lives and strengthens our communities.

See more at: http://www.guidedogs.com

Here's How My Celebration Can Help...

$35 buys a month’s food for a dog during its training to become a Guide Dog.
$50 covers the cost of initial vaccines and veterinary care for a Guide Dog puppy.
$300 pays for a Guide Dog harness.