Category: GDA Staff

Woman with a yellow Lab

Support GDA Kennel Tech Xochitl Sanchez

We have many employees here at Guide Dogs of America who have different hobbies and passions. Here’s a peek into the behind the scenes life of, Xochitl, a Kennel Tech here at GDA. She has a passion for fitness and … Read more

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GDA Enrichment Challenge

Our guide dogs in training spend a great deal of time in the kennel. While we do our best to keep them busy when they’re not out training, putting an emphasis on enrichment is a goal of ours. Kennel manager … Read more

GDA, Lorri Bernson, Perry Mattfeld, In the Dark

GDA Grad Inspires CW Pilot

Guide Dogs of America is honored to receive support from CW Good Guide Dogs of America is honored to receive support from CW Good, the  philanthropic arm of the CW Network. Their participation has come in the form of sponsorships, … Read more

It’s More Than Puppy Love

Guide Dogs of America is extremely fortunate to have, and is grateful for, our puppy raisers, a dedicated group of 200-plus volunteers actively raising puppies at any given time. In addition, the many more volunteers who have previously raised one … Read more

GDA’s “It” Factor

What is it that makes someone choose Guide Dogs of America for their first guide dog and what keeps others coming back time after time? We asked our graduates to tell us, in their own words and through their personal … Read more

Katrina Stanley and Pali at San Diego Beach

Guide Dogs of America Grads Are On The Go

When students arrive at GDA, it is with the goal of achieving greater independence, mobility and freedom. Having the assistance and companionship of a guide dog certainly makes the day-to-day and routine activities easier. But for guide dog teams, exploring … Read more

7 Reasons Why A Guide Dog is Right For You

Our training program is designed to accommodate both the experienced guide dog handler and the first timer. In this recent interview with The CW Network, Guide Dogs of America graduate Lorri Bernson talks about how her guide dogs have changed … Read more

Change And Growth For GDA

There are exciting new changes at GDA. There’s the arrival of GDA’s new president Russell Gittlen (read his President’s Message here), as well as news about graduations and changes in many departments, several of which are included here.

Message From New GDA President Russell Gittlen

It is with great enthusiasm, anticipation and excitement that I begin my tenure at Guide Dogs of America. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the program and dedicating myself to the continued success and growth of our school. … Read more

Russ Gittlen and Dale Hartford over GDA logo

Thanks to Hartford, Welcome Gittlen!

Taking a “paws” to thank outgoing Guide Dogs of America president and welcome the new GDA president. As we begin 2017, we ask that you join us in sending best wishes to Dale E. Hartford, who has retired after serving … Read more