Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • People with Disabilities
  • Veterans & Military Families


13445 GLENOAKS BLVDSYLMAR, CA 91342 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Guide Dogs of America's mission is to transform lives through partnerships with service dogs. GDA provides professionally trained guide and service dogs to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, Veterans with PTSD and/or mobility limitations, children with autism, and professionals who work with other people who can benefit from animal assisted intervention in settings such as hospitals, schools and courthouses. All dogs and services are provided free of charge and available to eligible applicants from throughout the U.S. and Canada. GDA covers all costs including travel to and from our 7.5-acre training campus in Los Angeles County, personalized instruction in how to care for and work with a service dog, room and board in our campus dormitory during the in-residence training period, veterinary care at our campus clinic, a specialized service dog vest/harness, and a lifetime of support.


Founded in 1948, GDA is dedicated to transforming lives through partnerships with service dogs. Our programs empower people in need with greater confidence and independence, in the form of a service dog partner, so they can more actively participate in their communities, pursue their personal and professional goals, connect with their families, and engage in life to the fullest. GDA was awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guide Star and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

In addition to relying on the generous financial support of our donors, GDA relies extensively on the generosity of time by our dedicated volunteers to fulfill our mission. One of the cornerstones of GDA's programs is our volunteer puppy raising program, in which volunteers open their hearts and homes to raise and socialize our puppies from the time they are 8 weeks to 18 months of age. Every successful guide or service dog team had a volunteer puppy raiser who gave a puppy plenty of love, taught them basic skills, and provided experiences to allow them to feel safe in the world. GDA would not be able to fulfill its mission without volunteer puppy raisers - and we are truly grateful for support.

GDA is currently seeking volunteer puppy raisers so please contact us if interested!


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