As a world leader in the guide dog industry, innovation is paramount to our culture at Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB). Thanks to a significant multi-year pledge from Elizabeth A. Gard and Thomas J. Furlong, GDB has launched The Gard Furlong Canine Research Program. This extraordinary support over four years will provide recommendations to improve the success and longevity of GDB program dogs to serve more clients.
When GDB grad Gabriella Drago was denied access at a local business because of her guide dog, she took to TikTok to share her experience and help educate others about inclusion and access for all service dog handlers. Learn about how she is using her platform to help create a more inclusive world. In this media story from Spectrum News 1 Ohio, Gabriella is interviewed in her home with her black Lab guide dog, Freesia, as well as at a local cafe and walking in her neighborhood.
Evamaria Contreras wanted a guide dog ever since she was in kindergarten. This past fall, her dream came true when GDB matched her with Chauncey, a fun-spirited black Lab. The Arizona resident says Chauncey has helped her travel much more quickly around town and “walking with him is just so freeing.”
GDB’s life-changing mission was recently captured in a media article. The article features Luke Herbert and his K9 Buddy Yeti, GDB Vice President Susan Armstrong, and Paul Castle and his guide dog Maple. Paul says Maple has had not only a positive impact on his life but enhanced the dynamic between him and his husband.
GDB Grad and Board Member Amit Ahuja Featured on Central Bark
If you haven’t had a chance to tune in to GDB’s new biweekly podcast “Central Bark,” you’re missing out! In episode 3, host Theresa Stern speaks with GDB grad and board member Amit Ahuja. They discuss the transformative nature of partnering with a guide dog, Amit’s field of research, and GDB’s vision of creating a more inclusive world.
Episode 4 focuses on our puppy raising program and features GDB Community Field Representative, Alex Gregory, and Volunteer Puppy Raiser and Club Leader, Mary Clarke.