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Mission Statement
President’s Statement

Our Mission

Photograph of a man and a woman each walking with the aid of their guide dogs.Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.

President’s Statement

Like most successful organizations, Guide Dogs of America depends on the talents and aspirations of many dedicated individuals. In our case, these individuals include our board of directors, staff, puppy raisers, volunteers, donors and the visually impaired men and women that we serve. But to assure our success, we must also include the dozens of remarkable puppies we breed and raise with the purpose of becoming guide dogs.

Dale E. Hartford

While many of us know the pleasure of canine companionship and loyalty from our family pet, we cannot appreciate the complexity of the relationship that develops between a visually impaired person and their guide dog.

Because GDA understands so well the critical interdependence between the user and the dog, we are especially adept at grasping and appreciating the unique personalities and attributes of each dog and each visually impaired person to make a good match. We are expert at incorporating the circumstances surrounding the lifestyle of each visually impaired person when developing our training programs.

We enjoy our work and are grateful for the generous and thoughtful support we receive that makes it possible for us to change the lives of so many visually impaired men and women.

Dale E. Hartford
President / Director

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