LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND
The Mission of Leader Dogs for the Blind is to enhance the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals.
In support of this mission, our actions are guided, supported and measured by our values.
Respect and compassion for people and dogs Passion for the work Safety in all we do Do what is right Innovation in our field Teamwork
Founded in 1939 by Lions Club members, Charles Nutting, Don Schuur and S.A. Dodge, Leader Dog has successfully matched and graduated over 13,000 person / dog teams since its inception. The dream of these men became vision and independence for thousands.
“A man’s best friend is his dog.” For the visually impaired however, Leader Dogs are more than friends; they’re partners.
Leader Dogs are trained by the nonprofit organization, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Rochester, Michigan. The dedicated staff at Leader Dog is over 100 strong. The facilities, located on the original 14 acres first purchased by the founders, has a superb residence center, a stellar kennel, and well manicured grounds. This complex is home to the students, dogs, all services departments and the support staff that enable Leader Dog to enhance the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals from all over the world.
As the second dog guide school founded in the U.S., we are proud of our programs offered, our graduates who live our mission each year and the thousands of lives that have been touched directly from the services provided by Leader Dog. To maintain the high standard of excellence we expect of ourselves, we are members of the U.S. Council of Dog Guide Schools and the International Guide Dog Federation. These bodies keep dog guide schools accountable for their actions, program additions and modifications. The International Guide Dog Federation reassesses members every five years. The last assessment conducted reflected the great efforts of our staff and volunteers. The veteran assessor with 36 years in the field had only positive comments. He impressed upon the management and staff that Leader Dog was among the best he had ever seen.
The stories affirming the impact of Leader Dog services are endless. As the wheels of time continue to turn, so do the advancements of Leader Dog. Services to assist in job skills and living skills education are on the immediate agenda. Our ultimate goal is to be recognized as a full service resource center for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Our vision is to become the most innovative and forward thinking organization in the profession. With consistent support and expansion of our services, we are well on our way.
Students make a choice to enhance their mobility. The students, ranging from 18 to 90+ years of age, attend the program’s 26-day training session completely free of charge. The school only requires its students to be prepared, mentally and physically, to care for and use the dog in the intended manner. Students come from all over the U.S. and from around the globe. The current cost of each Leader Dog team totals approximately $35,000, the nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization relies upon the assistance of generous individuals who contribute both time and monetary donations.
Leader Dogs for the Blind is very fortunate to have loyal donors who support the efforts and programs of the organization. Please make a contribution today! If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Development Department at 888-777-5332.
Leader Dogs for the Blind
PO Box 5000
Rochester, MI 48308-5000
Phone: (248) 651-9011 or Toll Free (888) 777-LDFB (5332)