Since 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) has been creating partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. GDB was established to help wounded servicemen returning home blind from World War II.
Today it is one of the largest guide-dog organizations serving the blind and disabled in North America. Over 14,000 dogs have been placed into service with graduation ceremonies held every 2 weeks.
All services by GDB are provided free of charge, including personalized training and extensive post-graduation support, plus financial assistance for veterinary care, if needed. This work is made possible by the generous support of GDB donors and volunteers with no government funding.
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From breeding to veterinary care and everything in between, each dog-related program is led by the expertise of GDB staff -- supported by passionate volunteers and generous donors. Together, these programs compose one of the most comprehensive networks of guide-dog care, rearing, training, and support in the world.
Programs include "K9 Buddies" and "Camp GDB," which support children with visual impairments and introduce families to the guide dog lifestyle.
GDB places mainly labradors and golden retrievers with people living with blindness or severe disabilities.
The first dog to graduate through the program was a rescue named "Blondie." She was paired with Sgt. Leonard Foulk. His family shares how Blondie brought him new independence and determination.
GDB begins their work by rearing dogs on their campuses in California and Oregon. They employ full-time vets and a robust genetics program to bring out the very best traits in their dogs.
Puppies are carefully placed in foster homes for one year. Then they are brought back to GDB for the next level of training. The very best are placed with the visually impaired across North America.