Our Mission:

To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other disabilities.

Who We Are

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 have low vision. 

For more than 75 years, the Guide Dog Foundation has trained and placed guide dogs and service dogs to provide increased independence and enhanced mobility to individuals who are blind, have low vision, or other disabilities.  Once the decision is made to get a guide dog, applicants become part of the Foundations' open and welcoming community and are supported with an uncompromising commitment to excellence, from highly empathetic and certified trainers, to a meticulously constructed curriculum.  

The Guide Dog Foundation pairs each student with the dog that’s right for them – and the power of their bond makes ordinary moments extraordinary.  Crossing the street independently becomes a moment of liberation.  Traveling alone becomes a welcome adventure.  Embracing new experiences becomes an everyday occurrence.

Why Choose the Guide Dog Foundation?

People come to the Foundation for our trademark small classes, and individualized instruction.  The guide dog training program often attracts people who may have special requirements, and we have successfully worked with people who are deaf or hearing-impaired in addition to being blind, as well as many others who have other physical challenges.    

It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of the Foundations' services are provided at no charge to the individual.  Funding comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and community organizations.

The Foundation would not be able to provide guide and assistance dogs free of charge to our consumers without your help.  The Guide Dog Foundation appreciates every dollar we receive, and your faith in us is extremely important.  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 allowing them to Live Without Boundaries.

To learn more about the history of the Foundation, CLICK HERE .


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. 

The Foundation has also been certified by PsychArmor,  a national nonprofit that provides free education and support on how to work with, live with, or care for military veterans.

Accreditation and certification reinforces the organizations’ reputation by showing that we consistently follow the highest standards for the humane and ethical treatment of dogs, maintain educational benchmarks for trainers and apprentices, and that procedures are in place for consumers during the application process, including a way for them to address any grievances.


Charity Ratings

The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity and is proud of its reputation as a charitable organization.  We consistently receive high marks from charity watchdog organizations. To learn more about how we rate with these groups, visit our listing on the websites linked below (click on logo to visit each website):

   Link to our Charity Watch page.    Link to our BBB page.

accessibility, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Guide Dog Foundation celebrates the power and importance of cultural diversity.

America's VetDogs

The Guide Dog Foundation was founded after World War II to provide guide dogs and training at no cost to veterans returning from the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific.  With the aging of America’s veterans, and as servicemen and women return home from current conflicts, the Foundation recognized there would be a greater need for guide dogs and specialized service dogs to help these disabled veterans live again in dignity and independence.

America’s VetDogs was created by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. in 2003 to provide assistance dogs to America’s wounded veterans to help them return to a life without boundaries.  In 2006, it became a separate 501(c)(3) corporation; the two organizations continue to share staff and other resources to ensure people with disabilities receive the best services possible.  
VetDogs logo and link to vetdogs.org

Contact Us

If you have a question or would like to learn more about our services, contact the Foundation at:

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
371 East Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787-2976

Toll-free:1-800-548-4337 (within the US)
Fax: 1-631-930-9009

If you have a general message, or if you are unsure who to send your message to, please address it to info@guidedog.org, and we will promptly route it to the appropriate person.