Holiday Fund-A-Need Campaign Begins December 1st!

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Our annual fund-a-need campaign kicks-off on December 1st. Every year we run this campaign, and every year you respond with incredible generosity that helps us improve the lives of the visually impaired.

Our Puppy, Nursery, Veterinary, Kennel, and Student Services Departments all have Wish Lists of items that they need. We also have a number of sponsorships available. All of these items make it possible for us to continue to provide an invaluable service to the visually impaired community in the United States and Canada. View all Fund-A-Need items by clicking here.

Plus… It’s a tax deduction and the end of 2017 is just around the corner!

Please note: This is NOT an auction. Everything in our Holiday Campaign is either “Fund-A-Need” or “Sponsorship”. Simply put, your donation will be used to purchase items for use by Guide Dogs of America.

CWGood Puppy Cam

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

GDA wants to thank CW Good for their continued support of our program in helping create more awareness. This live puppy cam shows one of our litters in the nursery. Thank you CW!

CW Good Puppy Cam

Invest in GDA, Name Our Venues

Wednesday, September 20th, 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.

Order now! Guide Dogs of America’s 7th Annual Holiday Card

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Our 2017 holiday card features a close-up of a Guide Dogs of America black Labrador puppy sitting in front of a tree. A blue ornament decorated with the GDA logo hangs on a nearby branch. The inside message reads “Pawsing to wish you Happy Holidays.”

The cards measure 5″x7″ and are bundled 15 cards (with envelopes) to a pack. Price is $15 per pack plus shipping and tax.

Puppy Raising

Friday, June 30th, 2017
We Need You To Help Raise Us!

Volunteer as a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America and be a part of changing the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired. GDA is looking for loving homes to raise a puppy of 8 weeks of age until he or she is around 18 months old. If you live in Southern California, we want to hear from you.


Arm full of puppies

Our puppies are placed in foster homes at 8 weeks of age. The volunteer foster families are called puppy raisers.

All first-time applicants must fill out applications and be interviewed before a puppy is placed in the home. Raisers must live in Southern California (Sylmar, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, Orange County, Westside Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura or San Luis Obispo). Children and pets in the household are a plus.

Receiving a puppy: You will be notified and scheduled to come in for a Puppy Orientation meeting. In this meeting we’ll explain the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for raising the puppy. You will be given a a Puppy Manual on raising and a folder with schedules and tips to help you along the way. After orientation you will be given your GDA puppy.

You will also receive a bowl, brush, bone, leash, collar, ID tag, ID card, puppy jacket, and a 5 lb bag of dog food. Food and any items purchased for the puppy are tax deductible. Our puppies are cared for in our state-of-the-art veterinary clinic on our campus in Sylmar. Out-of-state puppy raisers are reimbursed for all veterinary bills.

Your role as a puppy raiser: You will play an essential part in making sure your puppy receives the proper socialization needed to help adjust to the important job he or she will do later on in life.

It will be your responsibility to socialize the puppy as much as you can. Take your puppy everywhere. Expose the puppy to as many different situations as possible (construction sites, heavy traffic areas, animals, children). A well-socialized puppy will have fewer adjustments to make when he or she comes in for formal guide dog training.

Through our obedience classes, you will teach your puppy how to walk on a leash, how to sit, stay, lay down, and come when called. It will also be your responsibility to attend monthly meetings. The meetings allow your puppy the opportunity to interact with other dogs and the meetings give you the opportunity to talk to other puppy raisers. The meetings are a good time to make friends and compare notes on your puppies.

Guide dog “college”: At about 18 months of age, our puppies return to Guide Dogs of America for formal guide dog training. At that time, we host an In-For-Training Luncheon for puppy raisers as a way to say thank you, to get together one last time, and to give puppy raisers an opportunity to say goodbye as they send their puppies off to formal training.

Formal training takes about four to six months. There is no visiting during this time but the puppy raiser can call to see how their puppy is doing while in training and will receive quarterly report cards.

The ultimate reward: Guide Dogs of America volunteer puppy raisers meet the blind recipient of the dog they raised at the guide dog team’s Graduation Ceremony.

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.

Apply to GDA Today!

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.

Happy Dogs Brighten Lives: GDA’s Quilt Raffle!

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The Santa Clarita Valley Quilters Guild crafted and generously donated this quilt, titled “Happy Dogs Brighten Lives,” 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. The quilt measures 94″ wide x 100″ long.

We Need You To Help Raise Us!

Friday, January 13th, 2017


Enter GDA’s 7th Annual Photo Contest!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Enter GDA’s Photo Contest! Makes this year’s holiday memories next year’s Guide Dogs of America’s holiday card.

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