The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to provide guide dogs and training to people who are blind or have low vision throughout the United States and Canada.  Our services are free of charge to those we serve, thanks to the generosity of donors and the support of volunteers.  To better protect your privacy we provide this statement explaining our online and offline information practices.

The various purposes of this website include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide information to the general public about our mission 
Provide information to those who may want our services
Assist those who wish to apply for a guide dog
Solicit volunteers to support the Guide Dog Foundation 
Solicit contributions to support Guide Dog Foundation programs

This Privacy Statement applies to websites operated by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc, including:

Your privacy is important to us and we want you to understand our information practices for both online and offline use and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.


When you request information about a product or service or register with one of our sites, we may need to know specific information about you in order to process your requests and reply to your needs promptly.

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind collects personal information only when you voluntarily provide it to us on our site, such as when you register for an event, sign up to receive emails, make a donation, make a purchase from our store, or to complete applications.  You can choose what information you give us, but you may not be able to access certain features on our site as a result.  The Guide Dog Foundation will use your information for the purpose for which you give it to us (e.g., to complete an online Second Sight Shop® purchase, donation, volunteer or admissions application).  We may also use this information to send you occasional postal or electronic mailings.  If you have provided us with your information in the past and would like to be removed from our online or offline mailing list, please email us at

The Guide Dog Foundation will occasionally share offline acquired donor information with like-minded nonprofit organizations in an effort to better fulfill our mission and serve our clients.  If you do not wish to have your information shared, please email us at

We currently use PayPal to process credit card orders from our online store.  You can review their privacy policy here. We use Sphere to process online donations.  Please click here for their privacy policy.


The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind strives to keep your information secure and safeguard it from unauthorized access through the use of firewalls and virus/intrusion detection software to protect our servers. 

When you place orders or access your account information, we use a secure server.  This secure server software, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encrypts all information you input before it is sent to us.  Furthermore, all of the customer transactional data we collect is protected against unauthorized access with the use of digital certificates.  Digital certificates for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind are issued by VeriSign, one of the most established signers of digital certificates. You can confirm that a site is secure because the Web address will begin with “https:” 


This site may include links to other websites that may be of interest to you. Links are provided only as a convenience and do not imply any endorsement of another site (unless otherwise specified).  Once you access another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that website.


You can request that we do not exchange your personal information by emailing us at  (If you use more than one email address, send this message from each email account you use.)

The Guide Dog Foundation does not send unsolicited commercial email to individuals with whom they do not have consent/permission or a pre-existing or current business relationship.

The Guide Dog Foundation provides all physical mail and email recipients with a clear, easy and effective method to unsubscribe to any and all communications.  The Guide Dog Foundation does not misrepresent the source of any message, does not falsify sender’s domain name or use a non-responsive IP address, and will not use false or misleading “Subject” lines.

Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving on-line or off-line (physical mailings) communications from the Guide Dog Foundation and third parties, if any, at the point where we request information about the visitor.


All content included on this site, including but not limited to, text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and protected by United States and international copyright laws.


Marks indicated on our site are registered trademarks of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind including licensors, in the United States and other countries.


The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind attempts to be as accurate as possible to ensure the information provided on this site is correct.  However, we do not guarantee that descriptions or other content of this site are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free.


If you would like to submit changes to your contact information that was collected on this site, please email us the updated information.  You can send your email to

You can send mail to the following postal address: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787, ATTN: Mailing List. 

We welcome your questions and comments about our privacy policy. Please email us at