We are dedicated to spreading awareness about pet related causes such as pet adoption. So we are excited to announce our new Tuesday blog series “Spotlight on a Rescue or Charity”, to pay tribute and honor animal rescue, shelters and charities. These are our unsung heroes across America dedicated to enriching, saving and nurturing the lives of animals in need.  We hope you will champion our cause by barking the word about the importance of pet adoption and donating your time and finances to your local animal shelter or rescue. Be a voice, email us if you know of a deserving animal rescue or charity that should be spotlighted and recognized.With that said, we are proud to spotlight “Guide Dogs of America“. Thanks for guiding with love and for providing guide dogs for people from all walks of life!

About Guide Dogs of America

Guide Dogs of AmericaGuide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence. Guide Dogs of America provide the blind and visually impaired with independence, companionship, confidence and freedom.

History

Guide Dogs of America was founded over 60 years ago by Joseph Jones, Sr. (a retired member of the IAMAW) with the help of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW or IAM)

When Mr. Jones became blind, he considered all his options and decided his mobility needs would best be met by using a guide dog. He applied to all the existing schools, but he was declined because of his “advanced age”. He was only 57 years old.

Mr. Jones was a determined man and “no” was not a word in his vocabulary. He turned to the IAM for help, soliciting assistance from the IAM’s Executive Council. The IAM Executive council conducted extensive research, determined there was a growing need for guide dog services, and therefore endorsed the founding of International Guiding Eyes (IGE) In 1948. The IAMAW continues to be a generous supporter and staunch advocate of the school’s mission today.

IGE was one of the first guide dog schools to be founded by a blind individual. It was also one of the first schools to adopt a policy of no upper age discrimination.

In 1992, International Guiding Eyes changed their “doing-business-as” name to Guide Dogs of America in an effort to communicate more clearly the services provided by the organization. Now the organization operates under the name Guide Dogs of America as an International Guiding Eyes Program. Today Guide Dogs of America seeks new and better ways of helping the blind community.

How Can You Help Guide Dogs of America?

Your contribution of time and/or money helps them provide guide dogs free of charge to blind individuals. With the gift of a guide dog, these men and women are better able to pursue their goals, fulfill their dreams, and participate in their communities. Guide dogs not only provide the gift of increased independence, confidence, and mobility, but they also act as a trusted companion providing new opportunities for social interaction. Help make a difference in the life of a blind individual in the form of a loving, four pawed partner today.

Why Give? Guide Dogs of America is a nonprofit organization that is supported by the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations in their mission to provide loyal and loving guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually impaired individuals.

With nearly 80% of all the funds they receive going directly to program services, you know your money is well spent. They do not receive any funding from local, state or federal government.

The cost to provide one guide dog and match it with its new blind partner is $42,000.00. Your gifts help them fulfill their mission and reflect your own personal desire to help others live more independently with the loving partnership of a guide dog.

What Does Your Gift Help Provide? Every gift, no matter the amount, is greatly appreciated and helps them continue their important services to the blind community.

What Are Ways To Give? There are many ways to help Guide Dogs of America provide these extraordinary guide dogs to blind individuals who wish to live more independently. Here are some ways you can give and help their cause! You can provide a monetary donation or volunteer!

Be a voice! Support Guide Dog of America  by “Liking” their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. Bark the word about their cause, help save and enrich the lives of our paw pals, the blind and visually impaired!

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