Guide Dogs for the Blind

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

At Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), we believe that everyone deserves to move through the world safely and confidently—to live the life they want to live. Our passionate community employs innovative practices to create life-changing partnerships, and we advocate for the policy reforms that change how the world views blindness and disability. Because when everyone is empowered to participate, our communities are stronger.

With world-class client services and a robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs, provide guide dog readiness skills, and offer youth programs to empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired. GDB not only improves mobility for our clients, we further inclusion.

GDB serves the Sacramento community through our Client and Dog programs. There are 43 active guide dog teams and 10 puppy raising clubs in the Sacramento region. Puppy raising volunteers in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties are currently raising 54 puppies, who are on their journey to becoming guide dogs, GDB breeder dogs, or K9 Buddies.


Guide Dogs for the Blind harnesses the power of partnerships—connecting people, dogs, and communities—to transform the lives of individuals with visual impairments.


Guide Dogs for the Blind is the largest guide dog school in North America, more than 16,000 guide dog teams have graduated from across the U.S. and Canada since our founding in 1942.

All of the services for our clients are provided free of charge, including personalized training and extensive post-graduation support, plus financial assistance for veterinary care, if needed. Our work is made possible by the generous support of our donors and volunteers; we receive no government funding.

Right now, GDB clients are waiting for their guide dogs— guide dogs that will improve their mobility, create connections with their community, and further inclusion. Others are unaware of the resources available to them and the lifechanging impact of guide dogs. We believe that everyone deserves to live the lives they want to live. Because when everyone is empowered to participate, our communities are stronger. GDB has a 10-year strategic plan to address this need and share our expertise and knowledge so the entire industry can meet these challenges.

Organization Data


Organization name

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget

$10,000,001-$100 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted

Demographics Served

Animals, Individuals with disabilities

Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo


PO Box 151200
San Rafael, CA 94915

Service areas




(415) 499-4000

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