About Us

Who We Are

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.

Located on a beautiful 7.5-acre campus in Los Angeles, Guide Dogs of America serves a diverse range of individuals from the U.S. and Canada. Our services include:

  • A professionally trained, highly qualified, expertly matched guide dog or service dog
  • Personalized instruction in how to care for and work with your dog 
  • Transportation to and from our school (including air travel)
  • Room and board during 7 or 21-day in-residence training program
  • Three meals a day prepared by our professional chef
  • Veterinary care at our clinic
  • Specialized guide dog harness or service dog vest
  • Extensive post-graduate support services 

Our Mission

Transforming lives through partnerships with service dogs.

“Ever since receiving my first  dog from Guide Dogs of America, my life has been filled with things that I CAN do, rather than what I can’t do.  The school has given me the greatest gifts of my life…the ability to be independent and confident beyond anything I could have ever imagined.”

­— GDA/TLC Graduate

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.

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