GDA’s Director of Programs to Safeguard Guide Dog Standards Worldwide

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Guide Dogs of America is proud to announce Director of Programs Yvonne Martin has been selected as an International Guide Dog Federation Assessor. The International Guide Dog Federation is a global organization comprised of more than 85 member guide dog organizations, covering 28 countries. IGDF works with member organizations to monitor the standards of the guide dogs that they produce, to raise awareness of visual impairment throughout the world, and share best practices in terms of developing innovative mobility training techniques.

Yvonne MartinMartin is one of nine newly recruited IGDF Assessors. With this recruitment, there is a total of 27 Assessors on the team. Martin will assess required organizations to determine IGDF standards are met. She will provide verbal and written reports of each assessment and recommend if an organization should receive or maintain IGDF membership. Evaluation areas include:

  • Guide dog programs’ applicant selection process
  • All aspects of the breeding, raising, veterinary, and kennel care
  • The processes of administration, buildings, and transportation
  • The training and treatment of guide dogs
  • Instruction and follow up of the guide dog teams

An IGDF Assessor must be a qualified guide dog instructor with a minimum of 10 years of experience working within an IGDF member school.

Martin brings 15 years of experience at GDA to her current position as director of programs. Martin is familiar with every department, the people, and our organization’s processes. She has been a puppy raiser and GDA’s Director of Canine Development.

During her IGDF Assessor training in 2016, Martin will evaluate the Croatian Guide Dog and Mobility Association in Croatia along with a guide dog school in Finland. To learn more about IGDF, visit

Congratulations, Yvonne, on this opportunity to safeguard guide dog program standards and forward guide dog training techniques worldwide!

Winner selected for 2015 Harley Davidson

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Mr. Tim Buck of New Castle, PA. His ticket was pulled by GDA graduate Teresa Blevins during the 35th annual William W. Winpisinger Guide Dogs of America Charity Banquet held Saturday, November 21, at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When his ticket was pulled, Mr. Buck was not in attendance at the banquet in Las Vegas, but across the country at another event supporting Guide Dogs of America. Mr. Buck was attending the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 98 casino night fundraiser for GDA in York, PA when he received the news by phone that he won the motorcycle!


Think #Give2GDAday on #GivingTuesday!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. On December 1, try #GivingTuesday on for size! People around the world will come together virtually on Tuesday, December 1, to celebrate generosity and to give to their favorite charities. Join the movement and kick-off the holiday season by giving to Guide Dogs of America’s annual Holiday Fund-A-Need Campaign, which supports our program that provides professionally trained guide dogs at no cost to blind and visually impaired men and women across the U.S. and Canada.

Puppy Calendar Raises Funds For GDA

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

On sale now: Guide Dogs of America’s South Bay Puppy Raiser Group’s 2016 calendar!

Graduating Class #390

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015


GDA receives $10,000 Charitable Gift from PetSmart, Inc.

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Guide Dogs of America receives $10,000 Charitable Gift from PetSmart, Inc.

Rosemead, Calif – On September 26, 2015, Guide Dogs of America received a donation from PetSmart in the amount of $10,000. The donation will help Guide Dogs of America to continue its mission of providing guide dogs at no cost to blind men and women across the U.S. and Canada. A check was presented to the San Gabriel group of Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raisers at the new PetSmart store located at 3530 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, Calif.


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:

Apply for a Guide Dog
Raise a Puppy Adopt a Dog

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