Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to creating and supporting life-changing connections between people and dogs.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides superbly bred and trained dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired. Our dogs are known for their exceptional temperaments and success at helping people gain independence and to expand their horizons of opportunity.

At our facilities in Yorktown Heights, NY, and Patterson, NY, we breed, raise, and train exceptional dogs. Then we connect them to people who are seeking increased freedom and independence, so that together, they can experience all kinds of life adventures.

All of our services are offered free of charge to people and families who need them.

Since our founding by Donald Kauth in 1954, we’ve graduated over 7,000 guide dog teams.

As an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), we’re proud to support their mission to improve and uphold worldwide standards for the breeding and training of guide dogs.

We also partner with other organizations to ensure that exceptional dogs who are not suited to guide work may become service dogs.

Fast Facts

  • It costs $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and match a guide dog, and support the team throughout the lifetime of the dog.
  • We create more than 170 guide dog teams every year.
  • No cost for our services to people who are blind and visually impaired.