About Us


Who We Are

Guide Dogs of America is a nationwide nonprofit organization that empowers people who are blind/visually impaired, veterans, children with autism and facilities to live with greater confidence and mobility by matching them with a highly skilled guide dog or service dog. All programs and services – including transpor­tation, hospitality services and support for the lifetime of the team – are provided at no cost to the recipient.

What We Do

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 mission is to transform lives through partnerships with service dogs.

While many of us know the pleasure of our family pets, we relish the opportunity to facilitate a meaningful and productive relationship be­tween 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

Russ Gittlen, Man, Dog

Russell Gittlen
President & Director
Guide Dogs of America

Our Services

  • Professional training
  • Personalized instruction
  • Air and ground transportation to and from our school
  • Room and board for in-residence training
  • Delicious meals prepared by our professional chef
  • Lifetime veterinary care at our clinic
  • Specialized guide dog harness or service dog vest
  • Extensive post-graduate support services 

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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

We are an Assistance Dogs International accredited organization. All of our dogs are trained to ADI standards for public access and service dog cues, and we follow ADI guidelines for placement of our dogs.