Programs: Guide Dogs of America has three main programs:
We also provide advocacy services and follow-up free of charge for our graduates.
Additionally we provide public education through our web site, tour and speaker programs, and by providing information upon request to help educate business or individuals about access laws and guide dogs.
Free tours of our facility are given Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. A reservation is required. In our Speakers Program we bring our story on video and in person to your group or organization through a volunteer speaker. For more information, go to our Tours and Speakers page.
Guide Dogs of America breeds our own guide dogs to provide the best quality dog possible for our blind and visually impaired guide dog recipients.
Puppy Raising Program:
Our puppies are placed with volunteer Puppy Raisers to learn basic obedience, to be socialized, and to receive lots of love. Puppies remain in these foster homes until they are about 18 months old and are called In-For-Training.
Training: Our instructors provide the guide dog training and match the dogs with their new guide dog partner.
Admissions: Qualified blind and visually impaired applicants go through a thorough and careful evaluation in the admission process when applying to receive a guide dog.
Graduate Services: After our graduates leave our class with their new dog guide partner, they continue to receive follow-up care and support through Graduate Services.