How GDA’s Instructors Prepare For Class

Monday, August 29th, 2016

From personality to pace, new students to retrains, young adults to seniors, there’s a lot that goes into preparing for a class of 10 students and 10 dogs.


36th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet & Golf Tournament

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

You are cordially invited to Guide Dogs of America’s 36th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet honoring the 2016 recipients of The Gift of Sight Award:

  • Mr. Gary Allen – General Vice President, IAM&AW
  • Mr. Robert H. Buker, Jr., President and CEO, U.S. Sugar Corporation

Guide Dogs of America 36th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet Saturday, November 19, 2016 in the Rivoli Ballroom at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

GDA Volunteers Pick Up “B” and “C” Litters!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raiser families foster our puppies from the age of 7 weeks until the dogs enter formal guide dog training at around 18 months of age. Volunteer puppy raisers recently picked up GDA’s “B” and “C” litters.

Russ Gittlen to Succeed Dale E. Hartford at Guide Dogs of America

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

IAM International President Bob Martinez announced this week that IAM District 15 New England Area Director and Local 447 Assistant Business Manager Russ Gittlen has been appointed Director of Guide Dogs of America (GDA) effective January 1, 2017. Gittlen will replace retiring GDA Director Dale Hartford.

Save the Date: 36th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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Next Goal, Guide Dog!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Having A Guide Dog Is Something Special For These Three 20-Something Graduates

Being blind was never an obstacle to achieving their goals for recent GDA graduates Adam Ohnstad, Rebecca Mendez and Constantine Greanias. All three were college graduates before they had their guide dogs and already pursuing paths to reach their professional goals and fuel their personal passions. Even though these young adults were independent in many ways, they all knew that having a guide dog would give them greater independence and so much more.

Harley Davidson Raffle 2016

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Win this custom 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra!

$5 per ticket
5 tickets for $20


Stylish Paws, Great Cause: GDA’s Quilt Raffle!

Friday, January 8th, 2016

The Orange County Quilters Guild crafted and generously donated a quilt, titled “Dogs Make The World A Better Place,” for raffle to benefit Guide Dogs of America’s program that provides blind and visually impaired individuals with professionally trained guide dogs, and instruction in their use, free of charge.

GDA’s Lorri Bernson Receives Access Award

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Guide Dogs of America is proud to announce that GDA Media Relations and Community Liaison Lorri Bernson has received the “Spirit of Accessibility” award from Access Services. Access provides complimentary transportation in Los Angeles for persons with disabilities who cannot ride the accessible public fixed route buses and trains.

You’re Never Too Old

Monday, January 4th, 2016

GDA’s ‘No Upper-Age Limit’ Policy Keeps These Three Graduates Going and Going and Going

When Guide Dogs of America was founded more than 65 years ago, one of the founding principles was that no one would be denied a guide dog from the school based on his or her age. Joseph Jones, with the help of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW), founded our school and established the policy because he had been denied a guide dog from other schools due to the fact that he was “too old.” Jones was only 57.

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