Guide Dogs of America’s Puppy, Nursery, Veterinary, Kennel, and Student Services Departments all have Wish Lists of items that they need! This holiday season, instead of struggling to decide what to buy for someone you love, how about making an online contribution to GDA in their honor? Not only will you be helping the school by your generous donation, but you will bring your loved ones into a world you care deeply about. (more…)
Calling all holiday-themed photos of Guide Dogs of America dogs! Submit your photo by February 28 to our fourth annual Holiday Card Contest. One photo will appear on the cover our 2014 Holiday Cards.
• All photos MUST BE TAKEN IN HIGH RESOLUTION (300+ dpi) and submitted via EMAIL as an attachment by February 28, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Winner will be notified on June 15, 2014 and will be posted on our website
• Please make sure that the email includes your full name, address, and phone number
• All photo entries become the property of GDA
• Credit for the winning photo will be given
GDA’s 2013 Holiday Cards
GDA would like to thank GDA volunteer puppy raiser Lynne Pennala for submitting her photo of GDA puppy-in-training Bentley. This was our 3rd Annual Holiday Card Contest and it was not an easy choice as we had many lovely submissions this year. Congratulations, Lynne!
Winner selected for Custom Harley
Congratulations to Jack Flynn of Annapolis, MD for winning this amazing motorcycle.
Road Glide® Motorcycle
Customized by Legends Vintage Motorcycles
Graduates share first walk with their guide dogs!
At any given time, there are more than 250 GDA puppies-in-training being raised by volunteer puppy raisers throughout Southern and Central California, as well as some parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Montana. Puppy raisers range from families with kids, to empty-nesters, from full-time workers, to retirees, and from people with pets, to those who haven’t had a pet in many years. But they all have one thing in common; the desire to raise a puppy that will, hopefully, one day go on to help a blind individual lead a life of greater independence and mobility.
Class 379 graduated on July 7, 2013. Read graduates’ reflections on training with their new guide dog!
Recently, Guide Dogs of America was invited to the “Marie” show hosted by Marie Osmond.
GDA’s Media and Community Liaison Lorri Bernson sat down with Marie to talk about GDA’s programs and our wonderful volunteer puppy raisers. Lorri also shared how the school has changed her life for the better – she’s not only GDA staff but a two-time graduate! The ladies were joined by Lorri’s guide dog Carter and GDA puppy-in-training Elena. (more…)
Andi Krusoe Retires as Admissions and Graduate Services Manager
Andi Krusoe, who started her career at Guide Dogs of America more than 23 years ago, retired in July.
As admissions and graduate services manager, Andi has personally reviewed thousands of applications and contacted each person to answer questions and to help them through the process. Many students have received Andi’s warm, welcoming greeting several times over the years as they retire one dog and return to the school for their next. (more…)