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.

Donor Spotlight – Claire Schneck in memory of Lester Schneck

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

In loving memory, daughter designates GDA in her inheritance

Lester Schneck was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for more than 50 years. According to his daughter Claire, he was proud to be a part of the organization that founded Guide Dogs of America. Through the years, as he read the union’s newsletter, he would comment to her about the fundraising events the local unions held to benefit GDA.

16th Annual Minnesota Chapter Charity Golf Tournament

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Minnesota Machinists are proud to sponsor the 16th Annual Guide Dogs of America Minnesota Chapter Charity Golf Tournament “John Massetti Memorial” set for Monday August 1, 2016 at Hillcrest Golf Club, 2200 Larpenteur Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota, 55109.

GDA volunteers pick up “R” and “S” Litters!

Tuesday, May 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 “R” and “S” litters of black Labrador Retrievers and yellow Labrador Retrievers.

Graduating Class #393

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016


GDA volunteers pick up “O” Litter!

Friday, April 8th, 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 “O” of yellow Labrador Retrievers. (more…)

Harley Davidson Raffle 2016

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Win this custom 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra!

11/19/16: And the winner is … Monyea White! Mr. White, a resident of Antioch, Calif., is a member of the Transportation Communications Union/International Association of Machinists. He purchased his winning raffle ticket at the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention. His ticket was pulled by GDA graduate Teresa Blevins during the 36th annual William W. Winpisinger Guide Dogs of America Charity Banquet. Congratulations to Mr. White and thank you to all who participated in the raffle to benefit GDA’s programs!


Donor Spotlight – William and Betty Schertle

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

William And Betty Schertle Introduce New Generation To GDA

When Betty Schertle passed away last year, the trust that she and her husband William (Bill) had drawn up years earlier was read. In the trust, the couple named five charities to be recipients of a portion of their estate, among them was Guide Dogs of America.

President’s Message

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Dale Hartford holding a yellow lab puppyOver the years, Guide Dogs of America has transformed from a small organization to a world-class guide dog school. The steady growth and enhancements to the program have been accomplished through the dedication and hard work of our puppy raisers, volunteers and staff, and the generosity of all of our donors

We have made some recent changes in our Nursery and Puppy Departments by incorporating a puppy enrichment program. We are seeing great results with this program and are excited to share the details with you in the Winter issue of our Partners newsletter. Read it here.

In addition, starting next year, GDA is transitioning from 28-day classes to 21-day classes for our clients in the United States and Canada who receive the gift of a guide dog at absolutely no cost to them.

GDA Puppies Go to “Nursery” School

Monday, February 29th, 2016

New Enhanced Enrichment Program Gives Pups a ‘Paw Up’

Guide Dogs of America has always strived to give its puppies a “paw up” right from the start. GDA has its own breeding program to provide the best quality dogs possible for our blind and visually impaired guide dog recipients. The puppies are born in our nursery where they are cared for by our staff and a group of “selected” volunteers. These volunteers give the puppies individual attention and handling soon after they are born. This socialization is an important part of their development.

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