Visiting GDA? Here’s the scoop!

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s reception has moved from our administration building to the Macki and Phil Singer Visitor and Education Center. When visiting GDA, please park in the center’s lot, which is the first driveway on the right as you approach GDA’s campus on Glenoaks Blvd. after turning from Roxford Street.

Change And Growth For GDA

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

This spring there are exciting new changes at GDA to report. There’s the arrival of GDA’s new president Russell Gittlen (read his President’s Message here), as well as news about graduations and changes in many departments, several of which are included here.

Message From New GDA President Russell Gittlen

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

It is with great enthusiasm, anticipation and excitement that I begin my tenure at Guide Dogs of America. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the program and dedicating myself to the continued success and growth of our school.

For the last 16 years, I have worked diligently to support GDA through fundraising activities. I want to bring the desire and passion for GDA that was instilled upon me to anyone looking to get involved.

Donor Spotlight – Partners Planning in Advance

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Partners in Trust Kevin and Cindy Cassady knew Guide Dogs of America was a special place the first time they attended an Open House on the GDA campus. That first visit led to the couple attending numerous fundraising events for the school. Eventually, they went from fundraising participants to volunteering at the events. Ultimately, they decided that giving their time was not enough. In 2004, the Cassadys started making donations to the school and, in 2009, they ensured that they would leave a future gift to continue their support of the school by becoming Partners in Trust.

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Friday, March 10th, 2017

Grads share their stories of going from cane to canine.

For many of GDA’s graduates, there was an “aha moment” when they knew it was time to take the next step toward greater mobility and independence — making the switch from a white cane to a guide dog. Here, we share stories of three of our graduates about when they knew the time had come and the difference that having a guide dog has made for them in their lives.

Invest in GDA, Name Our Venues

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s new Macki and Phil Singer Visitor and Education Center allows our school to enhance our visitors’ experience by being able to further educate and give a more in-depth look into our mission: to provide professionally trained guide dogs, and instruction in their use, free of charge to blind men and women across the U.S. and Canada.

Graduating Class #397

Monday, February 27th, 2017


Shop Amazon, Support GDA

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Attention Shoppers! Today only, March 16, Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Guide Dogs of America!

You can support Guide Dogs of America by shopping with AmazonSmile. It’s the same Amazon you’re familiar with but, by making your purchases through, .5% of purchases on eligible items will be donated to Guide Dogs of America

Visit to choose GDA as your charity of choice. We are listed as International Guiding Eyes, Inc., which is our legal name. Every time you shop Amazon in the future, go through; as long as you log in from the same device (computer, smart phone, or tablet) you used previously, the site will remember GDA as your charity of choice, and GDA will receive a contribution based on your purchases. If you are shopping from a different device, you will need to choose GDA the first time you use it.

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The AmazonSmile Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) foundation created by Amazon to donate to the charitable organizations selected by its customers. Here are some details on the program:

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

  • Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked ‘Eligible for AmazonSmile donation’ on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

  • Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Thank you for supporting supporting GDA while shopping at Amazon! Your donations help us to provide professionally trained guide dogs and instruction in their use free of charge to legally blind individuals so they can regain their independence and pursue their goals with confidence.

“V” and “W” Litters Go Home

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raiser families foster our puppies from the age of 8 weeks until the dogs enter formal guide dog training at around 18 months of age. Volunteer puppy raisers recently picked up GDA’s “V” and “W” litters.

13th Annual Ride for Guides

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Support Guide Dogs of America at our 13th Annual Ride for Guides on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Registration fee includes lunch, a pin, a bandanna, and poker sheet. Registration by May 10 is $35 per person. Registration on the day of event is $40 per person. Lunch only tickets are available for $20 per person.

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