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Help GDA Make Teams Come True!

In two years, someone we haven’t met yet will sit anxiously in their dorm room, waiting for a trainer to walk in with a highly trained guide dog picked especially for them.  In two years, someone we haven’t met yet … Read more

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Leave a Lasting Legacy

Support Our Student Dorm Renovation Project In 2018, Guide Dogs of America underwent much-needed renovations of our student dormitory and administration building. We reconfigured the inside architecture to create more inviting and collaborative workspaces, added four bedrooms to allow for … Read more

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Team Jirby: Viva Las Vegas!

Recently Kirby and I made a trip to Las Vegas to visit family.  Seeing the family was fun and of course they loved meeting Kirby, but the best part was how excited Kirby and I were about experiencing this adventure … Read more

Experience “Dinner in the Dark”

“Join us for an “eye-opening” evening at our “Dinner in the Dark” and Wine Tasting. Guests will experience dining while blindfolded and gain an awareness of some challenges faced by people who are blind or visually-impaired. You may also purchase … Read more

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“Doggie in the Window” Quilt

Thank you to all who contributed to the Annual GDA Quilt Raffle! The winner is Juliana Bates from Sandy Spring, Maryland. This year’s quilt was handcrafted by “The Orange County Quilters Guild”, and Maryann Hertel. The Orange County Quilters crafted and … Read more

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GDA’s Annual Fund-a-Need Campaign Kicks-Off!

GDA’s annual Fund-a-Need campaign kicks-off on November 27 and will run through December 31 with BiddingForGood. Every year we run this campaign, and every year you respond with incredible generosity that helps us improve the lives of people who are visually impaired. Our … Read more

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Can I Raise a Guide Dog Puppy?

My goal was unique – I wanted to be a Guide Dogs of America puppy raiser!  If you ask the average 7 year old what they want to be when they grow up you’ll probably get a variety of answers. … Read more

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Tom Olzak’s GDA Story

Tom Olzak was first introduced to Guide Dogs of America (GDA) at a California Council for the Blind convention in 2004. It was there that a GDA instructor offered Tom to take one of our guide dogs for a test … Read more

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Bone Voyage Charity Banquet!

Join us for Guide Dogs of America’s 38th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet in Las Vegas November 15-17, 2018. We are setting sail at this year’s banquet, Saturday the 17th at the Paris Hotel, appropriately themed “bone voyage” — … Read more

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Team Jirby: “New Family”

Kirby’s puppy raiser is his Puppy Mama! Her name is Jennifer Beuhler. I never anticipated meeting Kirby’s puppy raiser and then instantly becoming family! On the day of Graduation I had no idea of what I was about to experience … Read more

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Transit Day for Guide Dog Pups!

Puppies trained to become guide dogs practice public transit etiquette in Central Park Puppy raisers from the Sylmar puppy raising group recently had the unique opportunity to expose their foster puppies-in-training to three different busses, and they had the busses … Read more

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Join GDA at Casino Night, August 4th!

Come enjoy a night out AND help support puppies who will change someone’s life. Whether you have never gambled before, or are a gambling sharp, all experience levels are welcome – gaming tutorials will be available. With your ticket you … 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

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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

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Team Jirby’s Miracle Journey

My experience at Guide Dogs of America and receiving my Guide Dog Kirby were truly modern day miracles. My miracle journey began 20 years ago when I was diagnosed with the family eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. For those unfamiliar … Read more

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Remembering our good friend Ken Metz

Today we are saddened by the news that we have lost a dear friend of GDA. Longtime graduate Ken Metz passed away yesterday. Ken was an ambassador for our school and involved in so many different ways. He would speak … Read more