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.


July 25: Guiding Eyes July 2015 Class Graduation 
Join us in Yorktown Heights at 1:15pm – or watch online!

July 26: “Downtown Thunder” Motorcycle Ride
The fourth annual “Downtown Thunder” motorcycle ride, hosted by the Mt. Kisco Lions Club will take place on Sunday, July 26. The 75-mile police escorted scenic ride begins at 9AM with registration opening at 8AM at the Mt. Kisco Village Hall. Mt Kisco Lions Club Website to fill out the registration form and to learn more about the event.

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

Vilachá Eyewear® and Guiding Eyes Partner to help support the school’s life-changing work

Posted 26th November 2015

We are very excited to announce our partnership with Vilachá Eyewear® (, a premium independent designer and manufacturer of handcrafted sunglasses based in Europe. As part of this growing company’s social responsibility initiative, they have agreed that for every pair of sunglasses purchased on their web site between November 25th and December 21st using promo […]

November 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 17th November 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduating class: Family and Friends of Jim Guerra Estate of Pamela Horn We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our online streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here.   Richard and Omaha Richard has just received Oaha, a male yellow Labrador […]

Our deepest sympathy and condolences

Posted 17th November 2015

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Robert F. Dall , dedicated and long-standing Board Member of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Mr. Dall passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Rosalie Dall, devoted father to Matthew Dall and Christopher Dall, loyal brother to Janet […]

Happy Birthday Wrangler!

Posted 6th November 2015

If you’ve been keeping up with our local Guiding Eyes celebrity on the TODAY Show, you’ll know that Wrangler turns 1 today – and it’s been quite a year! Every day, under the watchful eye of his puppy raiser Saxon Eastman, he has experienced a range of socialization experiences in studio 1A that are diverse, […]

JP Morgan Chase Lobby Exhibit

Posted 27th October 2015

JPMorgan Chase and Guiding Eyes for the Blind partner for a three-day interactive disability awareness event Guiding Eyes for the Blind is proud to have been selected as part of a three-day interactive lobby exhibit event hosted by JPMorgan Chase – “One Firm, Many Voices: Accessibility Matters” – to celebrate the company’s commitment to people […]

Dr. Sandler – 25 Years of Service

Posted 3rd July 2015

Written by Guiding Eyes CEO, Thomas Panek Congratulations to Dr. Jody Sandler for 25 years of service to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. “This is my family” said Dr. Sandler, as he took a moment to pause after a busy morning overseeing surgery on campus here at the Guiding Eyes Veterinary Hospital to take a […]

Guiding Eyes CEO and ultra-marathoner run to benefit the organization

Posted 29th June 2015

Imagine running a few miles over the rocks, roots and staircases scattered along the treacherousAppalachian Trail. Now imagine running it without your vision. That’s what Guiding Eyes’ CEO, Thomas Panek, was able to accomplish Wednesday when he joined ultra-marathon runner Scott Jurek on Bear Mountain. Thomas Panek, who has been blind since his early 20s first ran […]

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 […]