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Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff.

Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Our programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.

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For More Information about Guide Dogs fo the Blind Contact:

PDG Sue Kerr

Phone: (530) 605-9036

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The dogs and puppies are cared for in meticulous kennels and state-of-the-art veterinary clinics. Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever crosses are the breeds used. Professional staff and veterinarians nurture, groom, train and prepare the dogs for their futures as guides.

Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching our puppies good manners and providing socialization experiences for about the first year of the pups’ lives. Puppy raisers typically join local puppy raising clubs, wherein they share ideas and information, work on training techniques, and participate in socialization outings. The pups return to one of our campuses for their formal guidework training when they are between 15 and 17 months old. When the pups graduate as guides, raisers are invited to the graduation ceremonies to celebrate the life-changing partnerships they helped create.

No prior experience is necessary to become a puppy raiser. Our Puppy Raising program is available in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. 

"Life is either a great adventure or nothing"

-Helen Keller