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Black Lab puppy with wine bottles. Photo by Melissa J. Davis Photography

October 18th, 2014 – Cold Spring Lions presents Strut Your Pup: This event raises community awareness and funds for Guiding Eyes’ Heeling Autism program.  Participants will walk from the Cold Spring Firehouse to Saint Mary’s Church Lawn. More info on Strut Your Pup.

Also October 18th, 2014 – Graduation: We celebrate our October guide dog teams at our Yorktown Heights Headquarters and Training Center at 1:30 PM EST.  If you’re unable to join us in person, consider watching the ceremony live on our YouTube page.

November 7th, 2014 – Joanna Mosca at Town Crier, Beacon:  Joanna Mosca has been named one of the Top 10 Female Country Singers To Watch for 2014 by and Digital Journal.  Her November 7th Town Crier show will be a release party for her EP, Have A Little Mercy, as well as a fundraiser for Guiding Eyes.

November 15, 2014 – Graduation: We celebrate our November guide dog teams at our Yorktown Heights Headquarters and Training Center at 1:30 PM EST.

And don’t forget next year’s Golf Classic!  The 38th Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic will be held June 8, 2015 at Mount Kisco and Fairview Country Clubs.  Register early for this always sold-out event; contact Erica Stanzione at 914.243.2238 or at


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, [...]

Veterinary perspective on Cloud Star

Posted 4th June 2014

We were pleased to recently announce Cloud Star as our Official Training Treat Partner. Cloud Star treats are made in America with all natural ingredients – and our dogs absolutely love the taste. “From a nutritional standpoint, Cloud Star treats are perfect for our future guide and service dogs,” says Dr. Jody Sandler, Guiding Eyes [...]

Jane Russenberger receives Ken Lord Award

Posted 30th May 2014

Guiding Eyes is pleased to announce that Jane Russenberger, Senior Director of Canine Development, has received the International Guide Dog Federation’s (IGDF) Ken Lord Award. Presented at the 2014 IGDF Seminar in Tokyo, Japan, the prestigious award is IGDF’s highest honor. Russenberger is the first female recipient as well as the first honoree outside of [...]

May 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 24th May 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Peggy Nance Lyle sponsors the May graduation ceremony to honor the graduates and their canines along with the staff and volunteers of Guiding Eyes who make these extraordinary gifts possible. Matt and Maurica Cicci feel very privileged to be part of this graduation ceremony. [...]

Thank you Hitachi!

Posted 22nd May 2014

Hitachi Metals Ltd. Community Action Committee (CAC) awarded Guiding Eyes a $10,000 grant for the general support of its Sights on College Program, a training curriculum specifically for adolescents who are blind or visually impaired. “While visiting Guiding Eyes I had the opportunity to learn about the organization’s work and see firsthand the difference guide [...]

Grad Paul Ellner publishes fourth book

Posted 13th May 2014

In Paul Ellner’s newest novel, fictional character Charles Handler and his wife Carole are en route to Epernay, France when they decide to stop off in Geneva, Switzerland to visit the largest high-energy particle accelerator in the world. While in the collider’s tunnel, 574 feet below the surface, a freak accident hurls Charles into an [...]