Background on Guide Dogs for the Blind
Our school was incorporated in May of 1942 and began instruction of students in a rented home in Los Gatos, California, south of San Jose. A German Shepherd named "Blondie" was one of the first dogs trained. "Blondie" had been rescued from a Pasadena dog pound. She was later paired with Sgt. Leonard Foulk, the first serviceman to graduate from the new school. Since that beginning more than 60 years ago, we've graduated more than 10,000 Guide Dog teams.
Whether helping kids and parents get Guide Dog experience early, offering assistance to adults who are newly blind, or placing "retired" guide dogs in loving homes, we offer more programs across more service areas than any other guide dog school in North America. Our philosophy is what sets us apart, and our programs are where that philosophy comes to life.