About Us

Like most successful organizations, Guide Dogs of America depends on the talents, goals, and generosity of many dedicated people. In our case, this group includes our board of directors, staff, puppy raisers, volunteers, donors, and the exceptional men and women that we serve.

While many of us know the pleasure of our family pets, we cannot appreciate the complexity of the relationship that develops between one of our clients and their service dog.

I take great pride in bringing our team together for our shared mission: transforming lives through partnerships with service dogs. There are countless veterans, people who are blind/visually impaired, families affected by autism, and facilities in need that depend on our services every day.

All of us at GDA greatly enjoy our work, and we’re grateful for our donors and volunteers’ generous support that changes the lives of so many.

Before I was GDA’s president, I was a GDA volunteer. For 16 years, I worked to support GDA through fundraising activities. One of my goals as director of this world-class service dog school is to bring the passion for GDA that was instilled upon me during my time as a volunteer to anyone interested in getting involved.


Russell Gittlen
President & Director
Guide Dogs of America

Our Mission

Transforming lives through partnerships with service dogs.

Our hardworking dogs for people who are blind/visually impaired, veterans, individuals with autism and facilities become trusted companions, bringing confidence, independence and mobility. All programs and services at Guide Dogs of America — including transportation, room/board and a lifetime of support — are provided at no cost to the recipient.