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Guide Dogs for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Guide Dogs for the Blind
350 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-4000 (Local)
(415) 499-4035 (Fax)
(800) 295-4050 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Guide Dogs for the Blind also has special programs for children who are blind (Camp GDB, Lifestyles Workshops, K9 Buddy Program).

Hours of operation: Administrative offices: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 2,100
Number of staff: 280
Staff description: Full-time, part-time, and volunteer
Geographic area served: United States and Canada.
Publications: Guide Dog News (general) Alumni News (alumni)


32901 South East Kelso Road
Boring, OR 97009


Chris Benninger, President and CEO,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Advocacy
    • Provides guidance to alumni addressing issues surrounding blindness and guide dog use.
  • Counseling
    • Provides support services after graduation to alumni via phone or home visits.
  • Dog Guide Training
    • Creates partnerships between skilled mobility dogs and people who are blind to improve quality of life.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Trains clients to create partnership with a mobility dog that offers companionship and enhanced independence.

Services for Children

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • K9 Buddy Program provides companion dogs to blind children and young adults. The program can contribute to enhanced sensory development and self-esteem through the process of caring for the dog.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers orientation and mobility seminars for continuing education units to O&M professionals. Trains own instructors.

      Offers seminars in communities around the US and Canada to assist O&M specialists in their work with people who are visually impaired.
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