“Guide Dogs for the Blind is a guide dog school located in the United States, with campuses in San Rafael, California, and Boring, Oregon. It was founded in 1942 to help veterans who had been blinded in World War II. Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is the largest Guide Dog school in the country and continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. 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 2,100 active teams currently in the field.
Mission: Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives through exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities.
Vision: Guide Dogs for the Blind envisions a world with greater inclusion, opportunity and independence by optimizing the unique capabilities of people and dogs.
Guide Dogs for the Blind breeds Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Lab/Golden crosses from their own purebred stock, specially selected for excellent temperament, intelligence and health. Advances in research and technology help make it possible for GDB to continue to improve the quality and health of their dogs and ensure their success as guide dogs.