Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited nonprofit that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss, as well as service dogs to children with autism.
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German shepherd guide dog Adrienne poses next to a motorcycle.

April 23: Jump for Autism
The Rivera family received Heeling Autism Kevin in 2010; they regularly refer to him as their “gift of hope.”  Join the Riveras on Thursday, April 23rd from 5-7pm at Rockin’ Jump (333 Bedford Rd. Mt Kisco, NY).  For more information, contact Joe Rivera at 845.535.7979 or

April 26: Team Michelangelo’s Annual Charity Car & Motorcycle Show
Cathy Capasso and her wonderful group of supporters bring us their sixth annual car and bike show to benefit Guiding Eyes.  Learn more about the 2015 show.

May 2: Guiding Eyes Graduation
Join us in Yorktown Heights at 1:15pm – or watch online!

May 2: Nightwalk in NYC: Few events bring a community together like Bruce Stark’s annual fundraiser, when the Upper West Side comes out in droves to support their favorite local business – Beacon Paint and Hardware.  Bruce and his family raise money for Guiding Eyes in honor of their late sister, Marcia, who received two guide dogs from the school in the seventies.  Join the fun: meet us in the schoolyard at the corner of Columbus Avenue and 76th Street.  Sign in at 7pm and start walking at 8pm,  More info at

May 15: “Rock the Halls” John Jay Middle School Charity Concert
Join the students of John Jay Middle School for a charity concert benefiting Guiding Eyes.  $10 per person. 6:30-9:00pm. John Jay Middle School, 40 North Salem Road, Route 121, Cross River.  Purchase tickets and support Guiding Eyes here.

May 30: Guiding Eyes Graduation 
Join us in Yorktown Heights at 1:15pm – or watch online!

June 7 and 8: 38th Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic
The 38th Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic will be held at Mount Kisco and Fairview Country Clubs.  Visit the golf page to learn more.  Be sure to register early for this always sold-out event; contact Erica Stanzione at 914.243.2238 or at

Guiding Eyes dog Chance poses atop a golf cart at the 36th Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic

Via Vanti! presents Dining in the Dark

Posted 11th February 2015

On Sunday, March 29, Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mt. Kisco will host its second annual “Dining in the Dark” event from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to support Guiding Eyes. The unique “blind dining” experience includes a delicious five course tasting menu plus gelato. Guests will be offered blindfolds to test just how discriminating [...]

TODAY: Our partner in raising a puppy with a purpose

Posted 20th January 2015

A roundup of video clips starring the #TODAYpuppy – a future Guiding Eyes guide dog.   Jan 19: Savannah Guthrie recaps how the pup spent his weekend at work and play. Jan 16: Saxon joins TODAY to tell us about how our new Puppy with a Purpose has been spending his time, pointing out that [...]

Guiding Eyes partners with TODAY show!

Posted 12th January 2015

Exciting News: NBC’s TODAY will welcome a Guiding Eyes puppy onto the show on Wednesday, January 14th!   The TODAY anchors and staff will join our puppy raising team in providing a variety of positive socialization experiences for this lucky future guide dog. Our pup will help Matt Lauer read breaking news and assist Al [...]

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Posted 2nd December 2014

This year, Guiding Eyes provided 150 guide dogs to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and 12 service dogs to families with children with autism. We also supported more than 1,000 active guide and service dog users around the world.  Your gifts allow our graduates to expand their horizons and achieve their goals. DONATE [...]

November 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 17th November 2014

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: We are grateful for Harold Skolnick’s generosity to sponsor the training of Guiding Eyes Baldwin. The parents of graduate Shari Gooter are proud to sponsor this graduation in honor of their daughter and her Guiding Eyes dogs – Hopper, Frisco, Gemma and Shari’s new dog, [...]

October 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 18th October 2014

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: Linda Connelly: Congratulations to all the new guide dog teams graduating today. I would like to thank Chevron Humankind for sponsoring this graduation on my behalf. I was inspired to become a Guiding Eyes volunteer in memory of my beloved golden retriever, Sandy. Embrace your [...]

Heeling Autism Challenge a Success

Posted 13th October 2014

Dear Friends: I am pleased to announce the challenge to raise $100,000 for the autism service dog program at Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been successful! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, and the special support of the Fontana family who received Heeling Autism dog Echo, the message to raise funds was embraced. [...]

The Pennsylvania Challenge

Posted 10th October 2014

The George T. Walker Charitable Fund of The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Challenge will help us raise $180,000 to support Pennsylvania residents who are blind or visually impaired. Funds raised will defray the expenses associated with providing a professionally trained Guiding Eyes dog to those who are blind as well as ongoing services available to [...]

Guiding Eyes Appoints Chief Operations Officer

Posted 1st October 2014

Guiding Eyes has promoted Hopewell Junction resident Dr. Jody Sandler, DVM, to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Formerly the organization’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Sandler has been a Guiding Eyes team member since 1990. As COO, Dr. Sandler will oversee key operations at Guiding Eyes’ main campus in Yorktown Heights as well as at its [...]

Fall 2014 Heeling Autism Class

Posted 26th September 2014

Six service dogs graduated with new families today.  They’ll head out into the world this week, joining the 55 service dogs who are actively working in families with children with autism.  We marvel at the exponential impact these dogs will have in their new homes; they’ll help children and their parents, they will support siblings [...]

Foster a Guiding Eyes Brood or Stud

Posted 27th August 2014

Volunteer brood and stud fosters provide homes for the extraordinary dogs in our breeding colony. These dogs are responsible for creating future generations of Guiding Eyes guide and service dogs. Learn more about fostering a brood or stud at our upcoming open house: Saturday, September 20th, 1:00 pm Guiding Eyes Canine Development Center 361 Route [...]

August 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 16th August 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: “The Bashaw Family is so proud to sponsor this graduation! We are honored to have been a part of the Guiding Eyes Family for over eighteen years. Good luck to all of the graduates, their new guide dogs and all of the wonderful adventures [...]

July 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 19th July 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Sally Stokhamer, annual graduation sponsor. We gratefully acknowledge the Fain Family’s support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to view the July graduation online. Meet our Residential Graduates Ashley and Fuller Carly and Brinkley Abby and Kathy Mary Abby and Kylie Sarah and [...]

June 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 21st June 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Betsy and Fred Rhines: “June is a big month for graduations! We are delighted to congratulate the men and women who have completed their training at the Guiding Eyes campus. We wish them well as they celebrate with their families and then leave to [...]

Powerful Stories

Posted 12th June 2014

Hundreds of people have come through our doors over the past 12 months.  Here are some of their stories. Since they met in July 2013, Sofia Gallo and Guiding Eyes guide dog Karleen have completed their freshman year at Princeton University. While the pretty black Lab slept through most of her handler’s political science classes, [...]