We're immensely proud of the fact that so many people come to us from all across the United States and Canada. Many believe it's because we consistently have the best success rate. Others, because we have the most comprehensive services available in North America. Some think it's because all our services are free of charge.
The real reason is simpler than that. People come to us because we know that a guide dog/human team is about much more than "mobility."
We create a truly unique partnership between two beings. A collaboration that enhances the individual potential of each partner. Where the dog and the person have better lives together than either would have apart.
Our unique program is equal parts match-making, intensive training, and lifetime support. Students have access to instructors, counselors and veterinarians, a full-time nursing staff, a dedicated dormitory staff all of whom attend to students' needs in order to make their stay pleasant and enjoyable. We also offer follow-up services to each graduate of our program at their home or place of business for the lifetime of their guide dog partnership.
Guide Dogs for the Blind is supported entirely through private donations. Everything we do—from transportation to room and board, including training and all our support services—is free of charge to the blind or visually impaired student.