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Guide Dogs of Texas

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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

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1

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!

2

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.

2

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2

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.

2

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!

2

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!

2

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.

2

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.

2

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.

3

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

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!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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