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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Training, Animals, Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Health Care, Human Services

Mission: The mission of Guide Dogs of Texas is to provide quality guide dogs for Texans who are visually impaired in order to improve their freedom, mobility and independence. We are committed to personalized service and lifelong dedication to our clients and guide dogs.

Target demographics: people who are blind and interested in a Guide Dog

Geographic areas served: Texas

Programs: Guide Dogs of Texas breeds quality Guide Dogs, raises these Guide Dogs with the help of Puppy Raisers and our award-winning PAWSitive approach program, trains the Guide Dogs under the supervision of certified Guide Dog Mobility Instructors, matches the Guide Dogs with applicants, and trains the Guide Dog and Applicant together. This training is called, class, and generally lasts about 4 weeks. Guide Dogs of Texas offers training from the client's home area. Post-class services include: annual visits from an Instructor, priority visits if needed, and retirement support. Any Guide Dogs released from the program are either re-careered or placed in loving homes. Guide Dogs of Texas is a first-stop for many people interested in learning more about Guide Dogs or other services for the visually impaired.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have changed my life as well as my families lives. I am continually grateful for them. The dogs are brilliant and they are great to their clients.

Warren L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I volunteer for Guide Dogs of Texas because of the important work they perform. There can be no better motivation than knowing because of their work that someone can be an independent productive human being. We give of our time and our resources to an organization that is well run and productive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been most impressed with Guide Dogs of Texas. Having volunteered in many different organizations, GDOT stands alone in every way. We are first time puppy raisers, having received Merlin at nine weeks. They have been interactive and provide suggestions, veterinary care and other needs as we go along this wonderful journey. I meet with the early canine coordinator once a month. Merlin is 4 1/2 months old, we are excited to watch this wonderful puppy grow into a fine adult and transition into Advanced Training to become someone’s guide dog.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have had the honor of being able to work with this organization as a co-puppy raiser with my daughter. The impact that a guide dog has on its client is difficult to appreciate.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Guide Dogs of Texas is a small guide dogs for the blind training school with a BIG heart! The staff, volunteers, and board members are dedicated to the organizations mission of providing sight to visually impaired Texans. The trainers are instrumental in helping the client's transition from cane to guide dog and continue to support the team long after they are paired!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter is a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of Texas because she believes in helping the visually impaired regain independence and freedom through guided site. The guide dog is more than a pair of eyes they are a reliable companion and support for the person they assist. The staff at GDTX works with each team individually and continues to support them long after they are matched. The work they do is life changing for those they help and those that get to be a part of the process!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization's total purpose is to exquisitely raise and train guide dogs for blind people. They are great at this and after these wonderful dogs serve their duty, GDOT finds loving homes for the dogs' later years. We have been fortunate to provide a post work life for two of these dogs who were terrific. Training takes two years and is very intensive and the dogs serve for nine to eleven years depending on health. GDOT is available to anyone needing their help. A great service and charity!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

There is no better non-profit organization doing so much for the blind and visually impaired. How do you quantify the training of super pups to adulthood and also the candidate who receives the fully trained guide dog? The cost to the candidate...$1. And that candidate has FREEDOM! That's the cost!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guide Dogs of Texas is one of the best non-profits I have had the pleasure of learning about. The amazing staff and Q are unmatched in San Antonio. I have always felt supported as a volunteer and able to positively impact San Antonio by donating my time and talent to GDTX

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I started volunteering at Guide Dogs of Texas I've been simple amazed at the dedication to and love of these dogs and the concern for their clients that is shown by all the employees and volunteers here. They work tirelessly to provide well-trained dogs, keep in close, friendly touch with their clients, and raise funds to enable them to serve as many people as possible in the most effective way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization! Caring people, providing much needed services for the Blind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guide Dogs of Texas is the most incredible organization with the most amazing people. As a puppy raiser I have had the blessing of working with this group and I have been blown away by their passion to help the community around them. They don’t just raise dogs to be seeing eye companions for visually impaired Texans, they make sure the dog’s journey can positively impact as many people as possible. GDTX has never ceased to amaze me with their kindness and determination to give back to the community they love.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing mission-focused nonprofit with a quality/service-first approach to the blind Texans that they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guide Dogs of Texas is an incredible organization with lasting impact. GDTX provides in-depth assistance to individuals with vision impairment as they complete their journey to guided sight. They do a wonderful job of educating the community and remaining engaged.

1 Melissa J.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After watching a friend begin in the puppy-raising program we decided to offer our time to the next litter of future guide dogs. The whole process has been incredibly rewarding. From puppy-sitting to puppy socialization everyone has been incredibly helpful and supportive. The process has been so enjoyable I am even recruiting my friends as volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I decided to volunteer with Guide Dogs of Texas after attending a tour of their facility and learning about the amazing things their dogs do to make life more meaningful and independent for their clients. Guide Dogs of Texas is incredibly serious about what they do and accepts nothing less than excellence in their care and training of the dogs. Likewise, they are sensitive and accommodating as they work to ensure that each client is prepared and successfully partnered with just the right dog. It's an amazing process, and an amazing organization! I am currently working in the puppy "nursery," helping to socialize the puppies before they move on to the next stage in their momentous life of service.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GDOT is a great resource! My son is part of the Buddy Dog Program, and we are VERY thankful!

2 Chris O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently signed up to Volunteer for GDOT. It's an amazing organization and I enjoy helping out with the dogs any way possible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guide Dogs of Texas is GREAT! The staff is amazingly supportive. The dogs they graduate are top-notch!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2016, after losing my canine companion of 16 years, I looked into volunteering situations where I could work with canines. Guide Dogs of Texas was the most amazing group I found. They breed, raise, train and support Guide Dogs for the visually impaired. I came in as a puppy raiser volunteer. I received my first foster pup when she was 8 weeks old. Bell, a yellow lab, stayed with me for almost a year. In that time we learned the basics such as sit, down, stay and we walked every day to learn how not to pull on a leash and to be aware of the person next to you. We went to the post office, grocery shopping, city council meetings and church, to name a few places. She went with me to restaurants and parks, she on vacation with me and lots of other places to help her navigate situations of all kinds. She was an amazing teacher to me as were the people at Guide Dogs. If I had a question or concern someone was right there to assist in such a positive and friendly way. I am now working with my second puppy foster and have also entered the Advanced Training Boarder program where I take a dog that is working in Advanced Mobility Training from 8 - 5 Monday through Friday and keep them overnight and on weekends and let them just be a dog and not work at all. I have to love them and feed them and give them a place to sleep. It is a wonderful place to volunteer and the product is a fantastic relationship between a well-trained and highly intelligent dog and sight-impaired individual. I can't think of a better way to spend my spare time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Guide Dogs Of Texas for 6 years now and I feel extremely honored to know the people and puppies in this organization! Top notch trainers! Top notch guide dogs!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hi Everyone, I'm the CEO of Guide Dogs of Texas and also a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. I've been with GDTX for over 17 years because I believe in the life-changing impact of our mission. If you're interested in learning more, visit us at guidedogsoftexas.org.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Guide Dogs of Texas is the only guide Dog organization in Texas. We supply trained guide dogs to blind and visually impaired. It takes approximately $50,000 to train a guide dog and we furnish the guide dog to the blind client for $1.00. We breed out on dogs so we know the blood line

1 Rebecca189

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a puppy boarder and volunteer for the past couple of years and I can't say enough wonderful things about Guide Dogs of Texas! The staff are not only knowledgable, they are kind, generous and thoughtful. The small role I play in occasional puppy boarding and volunteering with various events is the least I can do to help provide someone with the mobility and freedom one of our Guide Dogs will provide.

2 Jennifer602

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of Texas for over three years, a volunteer for over four years, and a board member since 2016. I can't say enough wonderful things about the staff and my fellow volunteers. It is great to be a part of an organization with such an incredible mission. I feel lucky to play a role in contributing to this mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for a year of puppy sitting through the pawsitive approach program. This program has a two fold purpose to not only train the pup but to also help low risk offenders integrate back into society with greater life skills. So awesome, huge impact!!!

2 Greenwood T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for GDTX for 15 years as a puppy raiser and puppy sitter. My role has rewarded me hundreds of times over. The puppies have been loved by children in my preschool. You can imagine the lessons learned by small children with a growing and changing puppy in our classroom. The puppies teach many lessons for children while the children provide learning opportunities for the puppies. I love puppies, so having the puppies in my school has made my job more exciting and enjoyable. I also just love taking the pups to the concerts and theaters in Austin. I am recognized in my circles as a sort of puppy lady. I love GDTX. The staff are always there to answer my questions and come to the rescue when things go wrong. Yes, it is a huge responsibility, but there is a great GDTX team of support behind every volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organizations is one of the best with which I have ever been associated. They fulfill their mission with enthusiasm and expertise. When I started they came to me to provide the training that I needed, in a helpful, not condescending, manner. Their fundraisers are varied and interesting, with no heavy pressure tactics for donations. I feel proud to know I can contribute a small part to all they accomplish for their clients.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We got involved with Guide Dogs of Texas as an opportunity for the us and the kids to do something for the community as well as be involved in something fun. We are puppy sitters for the GDOT and it has been an incredible experience. The dogs are incredibly well trained and absolutely wonderful animals. I personally think this is an amazing organization and are so happy to be involved. It gives us a chance to have a "part time" pet, since we travel and are out a lot for work and yet show our kids the joy and duties that come with caring for a pet. Volunteers are always needed and this is an incredible cause to be involved with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guide Dogs of Texas offers many opportunities for people to volunteer and get involved in the community. They provide guide dogs to individuals who are visually impaired in order to increase the person's freedom, mobility and independence. As a volunteer puppy raiser I have had the privilege of raising a puppy that will go on to be a guide dog. Guide Dogs of Texas provides all the training necessary to their volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here and they do great things in helping the blind navigate our world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer photography services to the Guide Dogs of Texas. I have been working with Mike (the volunteer foster family) & Gino (the Guide Dog) documenting Gino's training around town. The staff at the Guide Dogs headed by April Medlin is absolutely the most professional team. They provide ample notice, great event details, prompt replies to questions and are so appreciative of every little thing you can do for them. Kudos to this wonderful mission to give people with visual impairments fuller, more independent lives. Kudos also to Team Guide Dogs of Texas for how well they appreciate their volunteers!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization! These folks do what no one else can!

TSE

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My good friend with a Guide Dog recently got a replacement Guide Dog from Guide Dogs of Texas. The dogs work for about 8 or 9 years then retire at age 11 or 12 or so. Her new Guide Dog is wonderful and the organization was able to get her a new dog quickly so that she did not have to reorganize her entire life because she had to go back to a white cane.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first found out about Guide Dogs of Texas from a friend who slowly lost her sight over many years. Now, many years later, I am just amazed at what a Guide Dog can mean to blind person. It is truly life changing. And now that I know many clients with dogs from GDTX, I understand just how special this only Guide Dog school in Texas really is. These are not mass produced, one size fits all, trained dogs. These are very highly trained human/canine teams that work together to help and love each other. By taking the time to match the parts of a team and customize the training to what the team needs, very special bonds are forged and both parts of the team have their lives vastly enriched. Learning just how deep the love and understanding can be in a Guide Dog was a revelation. A top end Guide Dog isn't just doing tricks. They really do understand that this person they love can not see and they do everything in their power to help and protect them. I have heard stories about dogs protecting their clients from muggers, and disobeying a direct order that, it turned out, would have been extremely dangerous if followed.
I volunteer my time and energy on a regular basis to Guide Dogs of Texas and I am a happier, better person for doing so. They do so much with so little, that you can really see your help make a big difference. It is an amazing group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just started working with Guide Dogs of Texas. So far everything has been wonderful and easy to get started. Recently Jessica came to our house with 3 different dogs to get us acclimated to the program. I cannot wait to get started with this great organization. Sincerely Blanton Hansen

Donor

Rating: 5

Speaking to a group of 3rd. graders is no easy task. Jessica B. from Guide Dogs of Texas did and she kept their attention through the entire presentation. She did an interactive class which really increased the kids awareness of a typical day is like for a person who is visually impaired. How a dog truly enhances their lives. They have a better understanding of how important all service dogs are. One young lady left telling her mom she knows what she wants to do when she gets older. Jodi K.