Guide Dogs for the Blind

About Guide Dogs for the Blind

Established in 1942, GDB is the largest Guide Dog school in North America and 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. GDB receives no government funds. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them. GDB is headquartered in San Rafael, California, with a second campus in Boring, Oregon. More than 12,500 teams have graduated from our program, and there are approximately 2,200 active teams in the field currently.

VISION STATEMENT: Guide Dogs for the Blind envisions a world with greater inclusion, opportunity and independence by optimizing the unique capabilities of people and dogs.

MISSION STATEMENT: Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives through exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities.


Volunteer Puppy Raiser

December 2019 - July 2021 Lake Oswego, OR
“I love working with the various temperaments of the dogs. They all have their own spunk and character and I have found it so intriguing to figure them out. I have a passion for animals and so having this opportunity to be with these amazing dogs and be a part of their training is life-changing. I am still currently involved in volunteering with GDB, just not as a full-time puppy raiser for the time being.”
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