To improve the quality of life for people
who are blind, visually impaired,
or with other special needs.
In 1946, when the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind was founded, its mission was simple: to provide guide dogs and training – free of charge – to people who were blind or visually impaired. To learn more about the history of the Foundation, CLICK HERE.
For over six decades, we have promoted the independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship a guide dog brings to its handler. Students are provided their guide dogs and training free of charge. The Foundation also covers transportation (within the United States and Canada), and room and board. Our trademark small classes and individualized instruction often attract students who may have special requirements and we have successfully trained hearing-impaired blind people as well as many physically challenged people.
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. would not be able to provide guide and assistance dogs at no cost to our consumers, without your financial support. We appreciate every dollar we receive, and your faith in the Foundation is sacred to us. Fiscal prudence is one of our top priorities as your donations allow us to advance our mission. As we have been privileged to witness, a guide or assistance dog brings a newfound sense of independence and dignity to someone with disabilities.
In 2009, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind became the first assistance dog school in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.
Accreditation reinforces the Foundation's reputation in the guide dog movement by showing that we consistently follow the highest standards for the humane and ethical treatment of our dogs, maintain educational benchmarks for trainers and apprentices, and that we have procedures in place for our consumers during the application and acceptance process, including a way for consumers to address any grievances.
The International Guide Dog Federation's mission is to encourage and advance the concept and provision of guide dogs worldwide as a means of independent mobility for people with a vision durability. To visit the International Guide Dog Federation's website, click here.
Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is an international coalition of not for profit organizations that train and place assistance dogs, which it defines as guide, service, or hearing dogs. ADI sets standards and guidelines for the training of assistance dogs and provides its own certification for member schools. To visit the Assistance Dogs International website, click here.
How the Guide Dog Foundation Rates as a Charity
The Guide Dog Foundation is proud of its reputation as a charitable organization. The Foundation consistently has received high marks from charitable watchdog organizations. To learn more about how we rate with these groups, visit our listing on these website: