In Tribute to Nigel

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

By Dale E. Hartford, GDA President/Director

Retired Guide Dog Nigel, a star of Guide Dogs of America’s educational films, passed away on August 14, 2015. Nigel, a Golden Retriever, and his partner Lorri Bernson graduated from Guide Dogs of America in 2002, as members of Class #333. Nigel was 15 years old.

Guide Dogs of America seeks Kennel Volunteers!

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Guide Dogs of America Announces New Volunteer Opportunity

Guide Dogs of America seeks Kennel Volunteers! Volunteers will work in the kennels on our campus in Sylmar, California and interact directly with our dogs. They will help with cleaning, bathing, laundry, feeding and play times, while getting a firsthand look at how things run “behind the scenes.” Boots and smocks will be provided.

Guide Dog Instructor Caitlin Smith Joins GDA

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Guide Dogs of America is pleased to announce that Caitlin Smith has joined GDA’s training department staff. Smith, originally from the Portland, Oregon area, completed her apprenticeship and license qualifications at another California-based guide dog school. California is the only state to have a license requirement for guide dog instructors and schools.

Celebrating International Assistance Dog Week

Friday, August 7th, 2015
International Assistance Dog Week


International Assistance Dog Week International Assistance Dog Week runs August 2-8, 2015. IADW was created “to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations.” Guide Dogs of America is happy to join in honoring life-changing assistance dog partnerships.

GDA Announces Newest Licensed Instructor 

Thursday, August 6th, 2015
GDA trainer Jamie ViezbickeGuide Dogs of America is pleased to announce that training department staff member Jamie Viezbicke has successfully passed all of the requirements of the California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind and is now a licensed guide dog instructor.


35th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

You are cordially invited to Guide Dogs of America’s 35th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet to celebrate our 67th anniversary and honor the 2015 recipients of The Gift of Sight Award:

  • Mr. Robert Roach, Jr. – General Secretary-Treasurer IAM&AW
  • Mr. John Granger II – Graystone Consulting


Graduating Class #389

Monday, July 13th, 2015


Harley Davidson Raffle 2015

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

We have a winner!

The winner was 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 21st 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!

2015 Harley Davidson
FLHR Road King
Customized by Legends Vintage Motorcycles

From Cane to Canine

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

It’s time to get a guide dog when…

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.

2015 Quilt Raffle

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

This year’s quilt, “Dogs are the Spice of Our Lives,” was crafted and donated by the Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild. The quilt, which measures 108″ x 108,” features 36 hand-stitched blocks and a many-faceted look at man’s best friend.

Apply for a Guide Dog
Raise a Puppy Adopt a Dog

International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers


ADI Accreditation

Use of graphics, images, information or any other content of this web site and its pages is expressly forbidden without permission from Guide Dogs of America. Guide Dogs of America does grant permission to use information from this site for educational and informational purposes only as long as information is not altered and is properly cited..