Guide Dogs

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

The Guide Dog Foundation provides guide and service dogs and training, free of charge, for people who are blind, visually impaired, or who have other special needs. These exceptional dogs help people with disabilities move about safely and confidently, enabling them to enhance their independence and mobility. Guide dogs are trained to follow a clear path, maneuver around obstacles and stop at curbs.

The Guide Dog Foundation is the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International, the two international bodies that certify assistance dog schools. This dual accreditation is indicative of the Foundation’s commitment to serving people with disabilities.

The Guide Dog Foundation uses a variety of breeds, but primarily Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Lab/Golden crosses, and Standard Poodles for people with allergies.

The Foundation is supported by donations from private individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations; it does not receive government funding.

For more information about the Guide Dog Foundation, please visit