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Dog Guides trained in British Columbia:

BC Guide Dog Services
10-4767 64th Street
Ladner, BC V4K 3M2
Telephone/Fax: (604) 940-4504

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:
BC Training Centre
P.O. Box 26074
Richmond, BC V6Y 2B0
Telephone: (604) 270-2432

Dog Guides trained in Ottawa:

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
P.O. Box 280
4120 Rideau Valley North
Manotick, Ontario V4M 1A3
Telephone: (613) 692-7777
Fax: (613) 692-0650

Dog Guides trained in Toronto:

Lions Foundation of Canada
P.O. Box 907
Oakville, Ontario L6J 5E8

Telephone: (905) 842-2891
Toll-Free: 1-800-768-3030
TTY: (905) 842-1585

Dog Guides trained in Quebec:

1820 Rang Nord-Ouest
Sainte-Madelaine, Quebec J0H 1S0.
Telephone: (450) 795-3725. The e-mail address is

The MIRA Foundation trains and provides guide dogs and assistive dogs to many clients in Eastern and Central Canada. They even have satellite operations in Mexico and France. The school is located about 25 kilometres north of Montreal in Sainte-Madelaine.

Dog Guides trained in California:

Guide Dogs of America
13445 Glenoaks Boulevard
Sylmar, CA 91342
Telephone: (818) 362-5834
This school has over 200 graduates. Dogs used are German Shepherds, Labradors, and Golden Retrievers.

Guide Dogs of the Desert, Inc.
P.O. Box 1692
Palm Springs, CA 92263
Telephone: (619) 329-6257
A small school with personalized training for 6 students per class. Guide Dogs of the Desert trains German Shepherds, Labradors, and Golden Retrievers in San Diego and Palm Springs, California.

Guide Dogs for the Blind
P.O. Box 1200
San Rafael, CA 94915-1200
Telephone: (415) 479-4000
Guide Dogs for the Blind is the only school that has a separate class for blind persons returning for new dogs. Since 1942 this school has trained in California, but a second campus has opened in Boring, Oregon recently. Classes start monthly.

Dog Guides trained in Connecticut:

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 142
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Telephone: (203) 243-5200
Fidelco serves the northeastern United States, and provides in home training using only German Shepherds.

Dog Guides trained in Florida:

Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
4210 77th Street East
Palmetto, FL 33561
Telephone: (813) 729-5665
The dorms at Southeastern Guide Dogs provide a feeling of home for its students. This school trains the standard breeds as well as Australian Shepherds, Pointers, and other suitable breeds.

Dog Guides trained in Hawaii:

Eye of the Pacific Guide Dogs
Honolulu, HI
Telephone: (808) 941-1088
While great for Hawaiian residents, Eyes of the Pacific may be impractical for others because of quarantine laws.

Dog Guides trained in Kansas:

Kansas Specialty Dog Service, Inc.
PO Box 216
124th West 7th
Washington, KS 66968
Telephone: (913) 325-2256
Established in 1990, Kansas Specialty Dog Service trains service dogs of all kinds. Not having their own dorms they house students in a near by hotel during training.

Dog Guides trained in Michigan:

Leader Dogs for the Blind
P.O. Box 5000
1039 South Rochester Road
Rochester, MI 48307
Telephone: (313) 651-9011
With 9000 people-dog teams to its credit since 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind breeds and trains its own dogs, but will accept suitable dogs from the community. Thirteen classes of up to 24 people are formed yearly.

Dog Guides trained in New Jersey:

The Seeing Eye Inc.
P.O. Box 375
Morristown, NJ 07963-0375
Telephone: (201)539-4425
Formed in 1929, ten thousand teams have graduated from this school, including the first guide dog, a German Shepherd named "Buddy". The Seeing Eye just completed new and expanded facilities.

Dog Guides trained in New York:

Freedom Guide Dogs
Kingston, New York
Telephone: 914-339-7046
Freedom is a newly established, small program serving Buffalo and Rochester, New York that provides in home training.

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
371 E. Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, Long Island, NY 11787-2976
Telephone: (516) 265-2121
This school has its own dormitories to house students. The Foundation breeds and trains Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and a mix of the two.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc.
611 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Telephone: (914) 245-4024
Guiding Eyes is one of the larger guide dog schools in the nation, and trains people with multiple handicaps, as well as the blind.

Upstate Guide Dog Association
PO Box 165
Hamlin, NY 14464
Telephone: (716) 964-8815
Upstate Guide Dog has trained students at home since 1991. Jeff Butterman is the trainer and will train people at home from as far away as New York City.

Dog Guides trained in Ohio:

Pilot Dogs, Inc.
625 West Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 221-6367
Located in downtown Columbus, Pilot Dogs trains German Shepherds, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Boxers, and Doberman Pinschers to serve as guides.


Updated October 22, 1999 by The Vancouver Island Dog Guide Society and Victoria Freenet Association