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Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. A nonprofit with a national reach, we train dogs of the highest pedigree for people who are blind and for veterans, providing our premier dogs and lifetime services at no cost, without government funds.​

Programs: Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Employing the latest in canine development and behavior research, the national organization trains guide dogs, service dogs and companion dogs for people living with significant challenges including those with visual impairments and veterans with disabilities. All of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services – which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime graduate follow-up – are provided at no cost to the recipients. The charity relies 100% on private donations and receives no government funding. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. www.GuideDogs.org

Community Stories

232 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Southeastern guide dogs has been part of my life since 2002 when I got my first guide dog. Since then the school has significantly upgraded its infrastructure and added a service animal program for veterans with PTSD. During this time they have retained their core mission of graduating competent and independent guide dog teams

We are proud to be apart of this organization as volunteers. Donors, and a guide dog user. Visit their website for some inspiring stories and live web cams of the puppy kennels

Attached is a photo of “nick” , Larry and Nick’s puppy raiser Carey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am grateful everyday that I have had the opportunity to volunteer for SEGD for the last 4 years. The staff is very committed and passionate about what they do and they do an excellent job and just keep getting better. The guide and service dogs that they train change people's lives everyday. The dogs are amazing, smart, loving and dedicated to their "forever" person. There is not charge to an individual for a dog. As a volunteer I have received so much more than I have given. Working for a charity that is committed to excellence is wonderful experience. All you have to do is be around the dogs and the staff for a few minutes to understand why this is a charity of the highest excellence.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life has opened up since I received Atlas, my amazing guide dog. Prior to Atlas I would take a daily walk in my community the walk was slow are careful; not a lot of cardio exercise. Now, we both go at a fast clip just like the sighted walkers. Atlas is there with me at all times and loved by all. I volunteer as a drug rehab counselor and with a bereavement group for Hospice. I'm not sure who makes the greatest impact with the participants, it might be Atlas. He is remarkable in what he has learned since Guide dog school: He can find a public trash can, restroom, stairs, he will locate the car he arrived in faster than the driver, he attends church and listens when the finial Amen is spoken Atlas stretches get up without command and on and on. He is my best friend and faithful companion, thanks Southeastern what a perfect team we have become.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Pedro camarena and my guide dog is Freddy Gilman I am 31 years old and I have had 17 surgeries and I lost my right eye when I got my guide dog he opened up a whole new world for me he has given me independence I am doing things that I never thought I would be doing like flying a plane by myself doing walkathons now with him by my side anything is possible The limits are end lass I am going out more now than when I was just using my cane And people actually talk to you when you have a guide dog as opposed to when you have a cane people see the change in me many have told me that I am more confident In myself now and it’s all thanks to Southeastern guide dogs To those who are thinking of getting a guided dog I would just like to say go for it he will change your life for the better you will have the conference that you used to have yourself And he will make you think if I can do this what else can I accomplish

Deborah Pfaelzer I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. truly changes people's lives! I have been volunteering there for over 3 years and witness the gift we give to the blind and PTSD sufferers on a weekly basis! It makes my heart sing to be a part of such a wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a puppy raiser with SEGD. Over the past few years they have made a lot of small changes which have had a huge impact for us as puppy raisers, making our volunteer job so much easier. The lines of communication are always open, and the support we receive from puppy raising services and our regional manager is amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a puppy raiser with Southeastern for nearly eight years. Oftentimes, once you become part of an organization, you begin to learn what it's "really" like, warts and all. Southeastern is an amazing organization in that everyone -- everyone! -- is laser-focused on what they do: provide guide dogs to the sight-impaired. I have had only positive experiences in dealing with anyone from Southeastern, from the CEO to the people who clean the floors in the puppy kennel. Their entire mission is underwritten by private donations, and they are an exceedingly responsible steward of the donations they receive. Southeastern is No. 1 in my book.

Nancy223

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer Puppy Raiser in 2016. It changed my life. I am now raising my second puppy for SEGD. The experience is extremely rewarding and life-changing, both for the raisers and for the recipient of these remarkable dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising a puppy for Southeastern Guide Dogs is an exciting, life-changing opportunity. The puppies are well bred and eager to learn. They give us far more than we give them in the time we are with them. They have to leave us in order to fulfill their real role in life, that of a superhero, but the paw prints they leave on our hearts last a lifetime. Southeastern Guide Dogs cares about the dogs, the puppy raisers and everyone else involved in the dog's life. Every step along the way is rewarding. Puppy Raisers grow right along side the dog. Thank you SEGD!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My neighbors have always been involved in Southeastern by either being puppy raisers or breeder hosts. They have always involved our community in Walkathons and raised awareness. So when my husband passed away 5 years ago, something clicked inside me that said "hey! I should raise a puppy"! The experience has changed my life....even though the goal of raising a puppy is to change someone else's life! I will be raising my 5th dog soon. This organization touches so many lives on all sides. It is an amazing place with amazing people that run a first class non profit organization. I am proud to be a part

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been involved with Southeastern guide dogs since 1990. it is a five star nonprofit !!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recipe for Friendship
Southeastern Guides is the perfect gift for volunteers. Southeastern provides a sound and firm belief that we are valued... Together staff and volunteers generously change lives for our visually impaired and veterans...

What a rare opportunity to sweeten my life! "Thank you for sweetening my life. When I was 16 my mother wanted me to volunteer at a local hospital after school... I told her that I didn't want volunteer... Her reply " Anne, you will and do you will feel it in your heart!'
I did feel the difference! Each day at Southeastern Guide Dogs were surround with lots of caring hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Raising a puppy for Southeastern Guide Dogs has been a great learning experience. Currently I’m working with the sweetest black Labrador. It’s amazing how fast he learns. I would like to raise more puppies in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SEGD has my vote for a superb non-profit organization. I am nearing the end of raising my first pup for SEGD and it's been such a wonderful experience. As a first time raiser (who didn't know much about raising pups), SEGD provided lots and lots of support! Everything from answering questions, having meetings with all of the local raisers to address issues, making home visits and providing puppy-sitters when I was traveling or just needed a break! The fact that the school provides these service dogs to those that need them, free of charge, is most impressive. The work that goes into each pup is immense...but the end result is overwhelming. To see pups matched to their new handlers is wonderful, and when it comes time watch my pup with her new handler, I know that I will be so proud for having played a small role in changing someone's life! How cool is that! Working with these dogs and the feelings that come with doing this work, is what helps me sleep at night.

My first pup will go IFT (in for training) in July. I started my next pup early, so that pup#1 can help to teach pup#2 what appropriate behavior looks like! See photo below!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with SEGD for about 9 years. I am always sceptical of organizations requesting money but never SEGD. They are top notch and I believe in their mission 100%. Being a puppy raiser to 2 pups, sponsoring 4 pups, volunteering at their boutique and sitting on a couple of their committees, my loyalty has never swayed. CEO Titus Herman has been amazing and transparent with his intentions. My family will continue to give our hearts, finances and love to this amazing and magical campus!

Lois White G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has raised 15 puppies for Southeastern Guide Dogs and we are raising the 16th pup now. I can't even imagine not being a part of puppy raising. This has been a highly satisfying venture with an outstanding organization. We of course love the puppies, but the people we have come in contact with are like minded giving people. The staff and volunteers truly love the cause and it shines through.

Our son started us with puppy raising when he was 16 years old, we were so excited when our first puppy became a guide dog after living with us for about one year, and training at Southeastern for over 7 mos. Pepper worked about 6 years and when it was time for him to retire, our son was in a position to adopt him as a retired guide. Pepper lived out the rest of his life in Nashville where he was a Therapy Dog, expert hiker and a loved family member.

Pictured here is Harley, our 15th puppy. He is currently in for training at Southeastern Guide Dogs and we have high hopes he will attain a job perfect for his skill level.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have gotten two guide dogs from SE Guide Dogs, they have been wonderful and helpful. After graduation services have been great. Their training services during class have been informative and structured.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are first time puppy raisers from Texas. We are beyond excited and honored for the opportunity to raise a puppy for our FFA program in Fort Bend ISD. and Southeastern Guide Dogs! Jenni and all the volunteers have helped us for weeks training us on how to be puppy raisers. They have answered our endless calls, emails and text in the most cheerful and helpful manner. We are confident that we will have a successful year and can't wait to see the career path Butter will take.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am raising my first puppy for Southeastern Guide Dogs and I am incredibly impressed with this organization. The dogs are beautifully bred--healthy, intelligent, loving--and well-started by an excellent kennel staff. The puppies are a pure pleasure to train, and the organization provides amazing support for puppy raisers. Our area coordinator is outstanding, providing bi-monthly training days which are well-organized and based on both her long experience and on the best, most current research in dog training. She is also always available to offer support and advice. My AC even travelled to my city to observe our local puppy obedience class in order to give me guidance about adjustments which are necessary when raising a guide dog puppy. Professional trainers from the school also offer local special classes for PR's. I feel confident that my pup, Suzie, is being given the best chance possible at becoming a successful guide dog, and I feel assured that I can trust Southeastern Guide Dogs to place her in just the right situation, a place where she can impact lives in a positive way and be loved and cared for in return.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Southeastern Guide Dogs in 2006 when it was still a mom/pop organization. I have seen wonderful changes to the physical campus along with amazing changes in the way our Superhero dogs are cared for from birth and trained to become the dogs that transform the lives of our students. All these years later I still get excited to go to my shift as a volunteer. I have been continually trained and given in-service updates on new techniques that create our wonderful guide and service dogs. I truly feel that I am a part of a team of staff and volunteers working together towards a common goal.

People come to us because they cannot see and want the independence a guide dog will give them, or have seen too much ( our veterans) and want the comfort and security of a service dog. They train on the campus receiving all that training and one of our dogs at no cost to them. It changes their life forever! It has been my privilege to volunteer for this wonderful organization and I will continue to do so as long as I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing non-profit! I've been a volunteer for over eleven years for this wonderful place. All volunteers are treated as respected colleagues and given lots of in-service training. Besides, who doesn't want to volunteer to work with adorable puppies! They are destined to become Superheros to someone who cannot see (our sight-impaired clients) or someone who has seen too much (our wonderful veterans.)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Fay Avinoam and I received a beautiful yellow Lab named Inspire . We graduated on March 12 , 2015 from SEGD. She has changed my life considerably by giving me back my independence, goes everywhere with me and my husband on trips to LA, Seattle, Toronto, Cda. She helps me in everyday living, walking through the mall to shop and loves to play. She's always has a toy in her mouth when she greets guests into our home, can't imagine not having her as part of our family. I'm so ever grateful that SEGD has given me an amazing best friend who is cherished by me and whoever meets her. Thank you so much for your ongoing guidance whenever I need assistance. Fay and Inspire