About Guiding Eyes
for the Blind
In 1954, Guiding Eyes for the Blind was founded upon a simple and beautiful premise; to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women. Since that time, Guiding Eyes has graduated more than 7,300 guide dog teams. The men and women who have received our dogs and worked with our professional trainers have returned to their communities with greater independence and with new horizons of opportunity.
We have always striven for excellence in all facets of our program: in the maintenance of our facilities, in the remarkable dogs we breed, in the training programs for our dogs and our blind students, and in the lifelong follow-up services we provide our graduates. With these high standards in mind, we evaluate our facilities, programs and professional training staff on a regular basis - to insure that Guiding Eyes remains in the forefront of its field well into the twenty-first century.
Guiding Eyes takes utmost care in purposeful and appropriate matching of a guide dog with its new partner. Special considerations are taken to make the pairing well-suited and appropriate... important considerations such as the walking pace of the individual, whether the individual's home is in the city or country, or other disabilities.
All these details, and more, are taken into account when we consider the perfect match. The student/guide dog team train together for a month to make certain that their bond is built on a solid foundation of trust, faith, and companionship.
These various services all are provided to our students free of charge. Guiding Eyes receives no government support whatsoever, instead relying upon the outstanding generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and civic groups.