GDA Graduates Show Others The Way

Monday, September 14th, 2015

From advocating to educating: three graduates who open doors and open minds

Students arrive at Guide Dogs of America and spend 28 days in class learning to work and live with a guide dog. All of our graduates leave GDA as ambassadors of what can be achieved with the assistance and companionship of a guide dog, returning home empowered to pursue a life filled with “the possible.” Many — simply by their actions and example — have inspired others.

GDA Adds Director of Training

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Dan Rollings has joined Guide Dogs of America in the newly created position of Director of Training. Rollings has more than 21 years of guide dog training experience and was involved with dog training for the United States Air Force for three years.

Theatre “Tickets for Charity” Benefits GDA

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Tehachapi Community Theatre’s opening night performance of “The Miracle Worker” will benefit Guide Dogs of America. Through its “Tickets for Charity” program, TCT donated 42 tickets to the August 28 performance of the classic story of Anne Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller, who is blind and deaf.

Guide Dogs of America Announces Veterinarian Volunteer Program!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

GDA currently has four volunteer positions open in our veterinary department. Tasks will include but are not limited to:

In Tribute to Nigel

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

By Dale E. Hartford, GDA President/Director

Retired Guide Dog Nigel, a star of Guide Dogs of America’s educational films, passed away on August 14, 2015. Nigel, a Golden Retriever, and his partner Lorri Bernson graduated from Guide Dogs of America in 2002, as members of Class #333. Nigel was 15 years old.

Guide Dogs of America seeks Kennel Volunteers!

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Guide Dogs of America Announces New Volunteer Opportunity

Guide Dogs of America seeks Kennel Volunteers! Volunteers will work in the kennels on our campus in Sylmar, California and interact directly with our dogs. They will help with cleaning, bathing, laundry, feeding and play times, while getting a firsthand look at how things run “behind the scenes.” Boots and smocks will be provided.

Guide Dog Instructor Caitlin Smith Joins GDA

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Guide Dogs of America is pleased to announce that Caitlin Smith has joined GDA’s training department staff. Smith, originally from the Portland, Oregon area, completed her apprenticeship and license qualifications at another California-based guide dog school. California is the only state to have a license requirement for guide dog instructors and schools.

Celebrating International Assistance Dog Week

Friday, August 7th, 2015
International Assistance Dog Week


International Assistance Dog Week International Assistance Dog Week runs August 2-8, 2015. IADW was created “to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations.” Guide Dogs of America is happy to join in honoring life-changing assistance dog partnerships.

GDA Announces Newest Licensed Instructor 

Thursday, August 6th, 2015
GDA trainer Jamie ViezbickeGuide Dogs of America is pleased to announce that training department staff member Jamie Viezbicke has successfully passed all of the requirements of the California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind and is now a licensed guide dog instructor.


35th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

You are cordially invited to Guide Dogs of America’s 35th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet to celebrate our 67th anniversary and honor the 2015 recipients of The Gift of Sight Award:

  • Mr. Robert Roach, Jr. – General Secretary-Treasurer IAM&AW
  • Mr. John Granger II – Graystone Consulting


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