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General Information

 

What does Guiding Eyes for the Blind do?
Guiding Eyes for the Blind works to enrich the lives of the blind and visually impaired by providing them with superbly bred and expertly trained guide dogs.

How does Guiding Eyes help?
Guiding Eyes breeds, raises, and trains guide dogs and trains students to work with guide dogs that have been carefully selected to match their individual needs.

Our training programs and life-long follow-up support are completely free of charge and are made possible through the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations.

How can I help?
There are many ways to get involved with our work. You can learn more about our volunteering opportunities here, learn about ways to support us here, or make a donation here.

Can I pet a guide dog that I see working?
Please don’t.
A guide dog is responsible for keeping its handler safe while out in the world, and it is very important not to break the dog’s focus.  For a handler who is blind or visually impaired, distracting his or her guide dog is the equivalent of the passenger of a car grabbing the wheel out of a driver’s hand.  Never pet a working guide dog.

How can I assist a person with a Guiding Eyes Dog?
Sometimes, if a person doesn’t know how to get to his or her destination, your offer to help may be welcome. Before assisting a guide dog user, be sure to ask, “May I help you?” Allow the person you’re helping to tell you what he or she needs. Remember that grabbing the guide dog, the leash, harness or the person’s arm may confuse him or her, and could even place the guide dog team in danger. Should the blind person accept your offer, accepted practice is to offer your left elbow for the person to hold with his or her right hand.

How many people use Guide Dogs?
Although there are no precise numbers available, it is estimated that there are approximately 10,000 guide dog teams currently working in the United States. Another frequently cited statistic is that only about 2% of all people who are blind and visually impaired work with guide dogs. Guiding Eyes is committed to raising awareness about guide dogs and the profound differences they can make in people’s lives.

How is having a guide dog different from having a cane?
The method by which a blind or visually impaired person travels is a matter of personal choice. Those who choose to work with a guide dog often discover a new sense of freedom, an increased level of confidence, and a feeling of safety, along with the warm companionship of their new canine friend.

How is Guiding Eyes for the Blind different from other guide dog schools?
Besides having an outstanding staff of instructors and an internationally admired corps of guide dogs, Guiding Eyes prides itself on small class size (average of 12 students per class) allowing for plenty of individual attention, and a casual, friendly, home-like atmosphere throughout the school.
Our commitment to our breeding program, and our level of scientific integrity, research and academic partnerships help us stand out.

Is Guiding Eyes for the Blind a 501(C)(3) organization?
Yes.
Our tax identification number is 13-1854606. Your contributions are fully tax deductible.