Admissions Q&A

Is the guide dog user (graduate) given ownership of the dog?

Yes. Immediately upon successful completion of the required training program, the student is given title and ownership to the guide dog. Guide Dogs of America retains the rights to the guide dog’s harness. Each new owner agrees to treat his or her dog with kindness, to feed and shelter the dog, and to provide veterinary care. Students agree to use their dogs in the manner taught by Guide Dogs of America.

How much does it cost to get a guide dog?

We provide our guide dogs and instruction in their use free of charge to blind and visually impaired men and women. Room and board in our dormitory is also free of charge and Guide Dogs of America will provide round-trip transportation to our school to those who request it. The two airports in the Los Angeles area are Burbank, which is closest to the school, and LAX, a large, international airport.

How long do individuals stay at the school to train with their new guide dogs?

First time guide dog recipients complete a 21-day in-residence training program at Guide Dogs of America. Experienced guide dog handlers may conclude the in-residence training after 21 days.

For more information, contact Guide Dogs of America Admissions and Graduate Services Manager Sara Ormenyi at (818) 833-6428 or
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