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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

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1 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!!!

1 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!

2

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a puppy raiser and speaker for GDTX. They are so good at putting their client and dog teams first.

1 Sandy124

Donor

Rating: 5

I've worked with Guide Dogs of Texas for over 15 years, and had the great joy of witnessing how these Guide Dogs change people's lives. I count many Guide Dog Owners as friends, and their experiences help keep me motivated every day. Not only are the guide dogs sweet, willing, and brilliant, the people they help are determined to achieve everything they can, despite not being able to see the world around them. Besides being an employee, I count myself as a donor and volunteer as well. Please support this fantastic organization!

1 Dana74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guide Dogs of Texas has made a large impact on their clients (blind people), their volunteers and the communities they serve. From their humble beginnings and thru many struggles they have maintained quality staff, excellent dog training and breeding for specific traits and characteristics, developed a broad program of educating volunteers and the community, as well as supporting their clients and guide dogs. They have numerous clients return to them for another dog when their dog is ready to retire. I am proud to be a long term volunteer to such a dynamic organization.

1 Tim_85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for a little while now. With many options of how volunteers can assist this very important mission, there is something for everyone here. Don't just take our words for it though, call and schedule to visit the office for a mission tour sometime and decide for yourself. We look forward to meeting you!

1 Lynette7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently began to volunteer at Guide Dogs of Texas. It is an amazing organization that greatly benefits Texans with disabilities. Their staff is the best. They do their best to ensure those Texans are well taken care of by their exceptionally trained guide dogs. If you become a volunteer, you will love it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We recently started volunteering with Guide Dogs of Texas and have been blown away by the training that they provide to the dogs. We get to board one of the dogs during the weekends, and seeing the way they behave in the house, around kids and other people, and how intelligent they are just proves to me that this organization does an amazing job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A good friend and co-worker of mine slowly went blind over the years I have known her. It was through her that I met the wonderful people at Guide Dogs of Texas. I am now a very regular volunteer and my friend is on her second guide dog from this great Guide Dog School. I can't say enough good things about these people. Hey work very hard with a fairly small staff that somehow manages to energize a large group of volunteers in order to make absolutely HUGE differences in the lives of blind people lucky enough to get one of their amazing animals. And the puppies are cute too. ;)

Review from Guidestar