2014 Quilt Raffle Winner!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Mr. Al Grenier of Florida was the winner of this year’s quilt raffle. Congratulations!

Enter GDA’s 2015 Holiday Card Contest!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Calling all holiday-themed photos of Guide Dogs of America dogs! Submit your photo by February 28, 2015 to our fifth annual Holiday Card Contest. One photo will appear on the cover our 2015 Holiday Cards.

Submission Guidelines:
• All photos MUST BE TAKEN IN HIGH RESOLUTION (300+ dpi) and submitted via EMAIL as an attachment by February 28, 2015 to
• Winner will be notified on June 15, 2015 and will be posted on our website
• Please make sure that the email includes your full name, address, and phone number
• All photo entries become the property of GDA
• Credit for the winning photo will be given

Fund-A-Need for GDA!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Guide Dogs of America’s Puppy, Nursery, Veterinary, Kennel, and Student Services Departments all have Wish Lists of items that they need! We also have a number of sponsorships and commemoratives available. And we’re offering the opportunity for you to spend a day with our trainers.

Winner selected for 2014 Harley Davidson

Monday, November 24th, 2014

This year the motorcycle was won by two people who split the ticket. Congratulations to James Conigliaro, Sr. and Gus Lurima of Brooklyn, NY for winning this amazing motorcycle. They plan to sell the motorcycle and split the proceeds. Jim is the Directing Business Representative for IAM District Lodge 15.

Donor Spotlight – Chuck And Debbie Dudley

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

A chance meeting leads to a gift that lasts beyond a lifetime

It was the well-behaved puppy wearing a yellow Guide Dogs of America puppy-in-training jacket that caught the attention of Chuck and Debbie Dudley at a friend’s party. The couple struck up a conversation with the woman who was raising the puppy for GDA, and the lifelong dog lovers had made a new friend. It was this chance meeting that led to the Dudley’s becoming donors in 2001 and, since 2009, GDA Partners in Trust.

Sending Puppies-in-Training Off To College

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

GDA puppy raisers prep for “Turn-in”

Turn-in day at GDA is one of the happiest and one of the most heart-tugging days for GDA’s volunteer puppy raisers. The puppies these families, couples and individuals welcomed into their homes and hearts when they were about seven weeks old are heading off to the next step of their training to become a guide dog. These dedicated volunteers have attended countless obedience classes, puppy raiser meetings and GDA functions, and spent part of each day working on basic obedience and socializing their puppies.

What’s In a Name?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

How GDA’s puppies-in-training get their names

Before GDA’s volunteer puppy raisers receive their puppies, they are given the letter of the alphabet that was assigned to the litter by the Nursery Department the day the puppies were born and are asked to give the puppy a name that starts with that letter. All names are submitted to the Puppy Department for approval. A puppy cannot be given the same name as another puppy-in-training or of a working guide dog.

GDA Takes You To The Head of The Class

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

A little education goes a very long way

School is always in session at Guide Dogs of America — whether it’s students coming to attend one of our 28-day classes; future guide dogs learning to work with licensed instructors; or puppies-in-training participating in obedience classes as part of their “early education.”

GDA Announces New Director of Programs

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

After an extensive search and numerous interviews, Dale Hartford, president of Guide Dogs of America (GDA), has appointed Yvonne Martin as the new Director of Programs with all of the duties and responsibilities of those formerly held by retired Director of Programs Chuck Jordan. This includes overseeing each facet of the school’s programs.

A Goodbye Wag of the Tail to Chuck Jordan

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

GDA Director of Programs Chuck Jordan retired in July. Jordan, who worked at the school for nearly 14 years, first joined GDA in 1995 as Licensed Instructor and was promoted to Manager of the Training Staff in 1999, a position he held until 2002. In 2007, Jordan returned to GDA and has been his current position since then.

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