We're immensely proud of the fact that so many people come to us from all
across the United States and Canada. Many believe it's because we consistently
have the best success rate. Others, because we have the most comprehensive
services available in North America. Some think it's because all our services
are free of charge. The real reason is simpler than that. People come to us
because we know that a guide dog/human team is about much more than
We create a truly unique partnership between two beings. A collaboration that
enhances the individual potential of each partner. Where the dog and
the person have better lives together than either would have apart.
Our unique program is equal parts match-making, intensive training, and
lifetime support. Students have access to instructors, counselors and
veterinarians, a full-time nursing staff, a dedicated dormitory staff all of
whom attend to students' needs in order to make their stay pleasant and
enjoyable. Also, unique among guide dog schools, we offer follow-up services to
each graduate of our program at their home or place of business for the lifetime
of their guide dog partnership.
Guide Dogs for the Blind is supported entirely through private donations.
Everything we do—from transportation to room and board, including training and
all our support services—is free of charge to the blind or visually impaired
Renae Goettel and Ultima
At 23, Renae Goettel has already overcome more obstacles than most people
encounter in a lifetime, but she isn't letting "a little thing like
blindness" stand in the way of her dreams. "If I had to live my life
over, I wouldn't change a thing," she said. "As difficult and
frustrating as blindness can be sometimes, it's kind of how I got where I am.
Without the challenges, I don't think my attitude about life would be the
same. I really like my life now, and I like who I am." She also likes her
new partner, Ultima, a mellow little (just 52 pounds) black Lab Guide Dog. Read
more of Renae's story here.
Ed Daniels and Gracious.
For more than 30 years Ed Daniels lived his dream. Like a medieval
troubadour he traveled the world playing music. From Germany and France to
Japan, Korea and most countries in between, Daniels entertained at nightclubs,
casinos, hotel bars and colleges. "I played everything from heavy metal
to country," he smiled. "Whatever paid." During that time he'd been able to control his diabetes, but in 2001 it
struck a mighty blow. It was Christmas Eve morning and he carefully woke his
wife. "I don't want to startle you, Patty, but I can't see a thing."
It had only been nine months since the first inkling something was wrong with
his vision. During that time doctors operated 11 times but nothing worked. He
hasn't seen more than dark and light since that fateful day. Read
more of Ed's story here
Peggy Brown and Marlette.
When I mistook my sweatshirt for our pet dog, I knew it was
time to get my vision checked. A visit to the ophthalmologist's office
confirmed my fears—I was losing my vision. I was devastated. I would not
know until much later, that the worst day of my life would one day lead to the
best—the day I met my Guide Dog, Marlette. Read
more of Peggy's story here
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