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Tours for the General Public

Join us on one of our scheduled tours at our Yorktown Heights campus, a wonderful way to learn more about Guiding Eyes and the work we do.  Tours last approximately one hour and are offered free of charge. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted. Please note our “Kennel Wish Lists” of needed toys and supplies, as well. We appreciate and encourage contributions of these specific items. (No substitutions will be accepted.)

Yorktown: Kennel Wish List      Patterson:  Whelping Kennel Wish List and Breeding Kennel Wish List

If you have a Youth Group that is interested in a tour please visit the Youth Tours page. If you are a Puppy Raiser please submit all requests for tours through your Regional Manager.

What Will You See & Learn?

HEADQUARTERS AND TRAINING CENTER, YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY

Here you will see where we house and care for approximately 170 dogs that are in various stages of their guide dog training.  You’ll hear about our extensive canine enrichment program designed especially for these dogs and learn about the variety of specialized programs that we offer to our clients.  You’ll also learn about our volunteer programs.

Tours are approximately one hour in duration.  You will get to meet some of our exceptional dogs and will be permitted to pet these dogs under the instruction of your tour guide.  Please note that this tour does not involve observing guide dogs being trained, interacting with guide dog users or “playing” with dogs.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to navigate internal spaces. There will be loud barking.

Tour guests must be aged 6 or older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Tours are held on select Wednesdays at 2:30PM.

Guiding Eyes uses SignUp to book tours of our facility.

Please review How to Use SignUp.com for more information on booking a tour, then click the button below to register for tours of our Yorktown Heights campus.

 

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Click For Headquarters & Training Center Tours

CANINE DEVELOPMENT CENTER, PATTERSON, NY

The “CDC” is where our future guide dogs are born.  Currently, we are not offering tours at this campus, however, if you are interested in learning more about the Canine Development Center and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, you may request a speaker for your organization. For further information, contact Volunteer Manager Ellen Mitchell at emitchell@guidingeyes.org.

Please note that:

  • All tours are subject to availability and may be cancelled at any time, for any reason.
  • Guiding Eyes is unable to offer tours to unscheduled guests therefore unescorted visitors are not permitted.
  • Guests must sign up for a scheduled tour.  Unscheduled guests cannot be accommodated.
  • We encourage you to bring your camera and take pictures