Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   72 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Disabilities, Health, Human Services

Address:

4210 77th Street East Palmetto FL 34221 USA

Mission:

Founded in 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs creates and nurtures a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life''s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. All services - which include the breeding and training of dogs; on-campus instruction for the students; and lifetime follow-up for graduates - are provided free of charge. Our school is accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation, based in Reading, England, and is the only such guide dog school in the southeastern United States.

Programs:

PAWS FOR INDEPENDENCE partners individuals with visual impairments with professionally trained guide dogs. Our certified trainers provide students with 26 days of individualized instruction at our Palmetto, Florida campus - and lifetime support and follow up. Currently we serve more than 800 active graduates. We provide the guide dogs, equipment, single-room lodging, all meals, outings, instruction and post-graduation support completely free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our important contributors. The average working life of a guide dog is eight years, and the majority of our graduates obtain multiple guide dogs from Southeastern Guide Dogs. The process of developing and serving a successful guide dog team takes an average of ten years (two years of training and eight years of post-graduation services) and approximately $60,000. Paws For Independence, like all programs at Southeastern Guide Dogs, receives no governmental funding. We rely solely on the generosity of people like you.

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Reviews for Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Southeastern Guide Dogs has given me back my life. I was in such a bad way before becoming a student there, I truly had no idea what would become of me. After being matched with my guide dog Caras, I now am able to do so much more! I am happy and living a full life. I am no longer alone and I am getting out every day! Was it hard?, yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely! I owe Southeastern Guide Dogs so much, Thank You Southeastern Guide Dogs, you are truly a gift for so many!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My life has forever been changed for the better! Southeastern Guide Dogs is an amazing place that goes out of their way to not just match you with your perfect partner, but to also make sure you are comfortable during your stay and made to feel like family! I have been so blessed by them and I'm truly thankful for all that they do!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Southeastern Guide Dogs has transformed my life for the better. They have given me back my independence. The trainers at the campus are some of the most dedicated and hardworking group of people. You leave the campus with a few more family members. The classes are designed to help those with visual impairments to better gain their independence. The students are put through training that will help them better navigate through different settings from malls to restaurants, to trails in the country or through the city. Each student is given their own rooms that are very clean and neat and come with a house keeper. The food is great and the atmosphere is just like being at home. Highly recommended for those with visual challenges and veterans suffering from PTSD.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Read the blog that tells everything how happy I have been with my successor guide dog and the organization is outstanding for selecting one of the best match!

http://www.lifethrukartie.blogspot.com

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I have never expierenced an agency that is run as well as Southeastern Guide Dogs. Raising top notch guide dogs and matching them with a visually impaired person is their goal and they do it well. I was in class 232 in January of 2015 and have never been treated so well. I was very nerve routs about whether or not I would be able to learn to handle a guide dog. I t is way different from taking care of a pet. After 26 days I left with so much confidence because of the excellent training I received. Today my guide dog and I can do just about anything we want to. What freedom. Trust me this is one of the best organizations you will ever find.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I can't say enough good things about the volunteers I came in contact with while I was in class! S. drove me to church ( twice!) and grilled a BBQ one evening. The volunteers I met at the Sarasota gift shop were so nice! They were excited about meeting us snd our guides. We came in from the blistering heat and they had cool drinks and snacks. One volunteer gave the ladies a manicure before our graduation. The puppy raisers were... My heros. JP ( my guide) has such great manners and is well adjusted. Anyone looking into volunteering should know that there are a variety of jobs and that you will become part of a big happy family!
LP and JP

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Southeastern Guide Dog went over and beyond our expectations. My husband lost his eye sight over a year and a half ago, a very difficult situation for not only him but for the entire family. As my husband attended classes at the Lighthouse for the Blind I began to search for Guide Dogs. There was one facility as close as Mississippi and as far as California. While searching the internet for many reasons Southeastern Guide Dog caught my attention more than others. The facility looked very clean, organized, the puppy cam was amazing, the details of the training were well explained and I was quite impressed about the detailed screening of the person that was to receive the guide dog. The next thing I knew I was filling out the application on line. What seemed like forever, after the background check took place, a kind professional person called to schedule an at home interview. About a month later a person came from Florida and interviewed my husband, took him for a walk with a harness and leash to measure his speed, strength and height. She looked at the home, answered our questions, played with our 2 boxers and told us they would be back in touch with us. A short time after we decided to go to Florida to personally visit the grounds. We were received by the staff and they gave us the tour. They actually put a harness on one of the guide dogs and let my husband walk with him. They made my husband feel like there was nothing more important in the world than him. It was the best thing that happened to him since he lost his sight. We prayed every day that he would be accepted by Southeastern Guide Dog. One day we received the magic phone call and he was asked if he could attend the class that started in October...Are you kidding, the scream of joy and tears were unavoidable. The day we arrived he was greeted by 3 professional trainers that entered his luggage and showed him to his dorm and helped him unpack and get comfortable . Amazing, his dorm had a large private bath, tv, closet, night stands, a large bed and a desk. He said he felt like he was in a 5 star hotel. Southeastern provided absolutely everything even the guide dog he needed at no cost what so ever to us. We could not have had Lucy if there was a cost involved. A Chef prepared the meals for the students, my husband had 3 of the most professional, kind, loving,understanding trainers and staff with him at all times. His 26 days there were the hardest but the most important days of his life. He not only learned to become more self dependent they taught him to trust his Guide Dog Lucy 100%. They are one when she has her harness on. Southeastern Guide Dog will always be in our hearts. It is so hard to explain what it means to regain your independence, to have Lucy at my husbands side 24hours a day. I trust Lucy with my husbands life thanks to Southeastern Guide Dog. They have opened a whole new meaning in our lives. Southeastern Guide Dog is a true non profit organization that knows how to treat and understands the persons coming for their guide dog in a very professional, loving, understanding way.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I am visually impaired and I received my guide dog from Southeastern Guide Dogs a over five years ago. Their program is the best in the nation! The quality of the dogs they breed, the quality of their facility and staff, are truly amazing. I have traveled all over the world with my guide dog with confidence. They provide amazing graduate care and follow up after placement. This is a wonderful organization to support with your time and donations, please consider them in your non profit giving.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Southeastern Guide Dogs is second to none in professionalism, compassion, and customer service! They treat you like you're one of the family and are committed to making the client happy. I received my very first guide dog from Southeastern. In a world where quantity semms to be the mindset of most, Southeastern provides the quality that one only dreams of. The ehtire staff was friendly, eager to help, and happy to do so.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Everything aout Southeastern Guide Dogs is first class. From the day I arrived until the day I left, I was treated with the utmost respect. The experience gave me a new lease on life...in fact, it gave me back my life. Thank you Southastern Guide Dogs!

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