Leader Dogs for the Blind's blog

Grant Spotlight: Thrivent Financial

Through the Thrivent Financial Foundation’s Choice Dollars grant program, more than $227,000 dollars has been leveraged in support of Leader Dogs for the Blind. Support from the Thrivent community came at a time when it was needed most. These grants provided valuable general operations support that sustained flagship programming, canine care, and helped launch new strategic initiatives, all while legacy donors contributed to the capital campaign that built our new Canine Development Center.


With Puppy Raiser Amy Schupska and Future Leader Dog Sharon

A puppy golden retriever stands on a wooden deck looking at the camera

Sharon at 12 weeks

Puppy Raiser Amy Schupska is currently raising her 11th Leader Dog puppy, Sharon, a lovable golden retriever. Amy is also a volunteer puppy counselor who assists other puppy raisers with teaching and socializing their Leader Dog puppies.

The New Face of Leader Dog

We are proud to introduce the new logo, font and colors of Leader Dogs for the Blind. We’ve updated our style to better represent who we are, what we do and the people we serve. This revised style will help us reach new audiences and spread the word about Leader Dog in exciting new ways.

18 Wendy’s Locations Hold November Fundraiser for Leader Dog

Leader Dogs for the Blind is partnering with Wendy's franchisees Lisa and Howard O'Brien to raise funds in support of Leader Dog’s programs for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Simply donate $1 to Leader Dogs for the Blind and you will receive a $1 off coupon for a full-sized combo meal or salad on your next visit. This fundraising initiative will run November 1–16 at 18 Wendy’s locations in Southeast Michigan.

Melissa Peña Gallis Named HR Executive of the Year

American Society of Employers (ASE) announces its Annual Summit and the Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2017

Honorees will be celebrated on Nov. 1 at ASE’s Annual Summit

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, ASE, 248.223.8040, hnezich@aseonline.org

Leader Dogs for the Blind Introduces Harness the Power of Leadership

Experiential employee development training with a unique twist

Most employee development courses include: (1) Bribe people into a conference room with coffee and bagels; (2) Have someone stand in front of the room all day while telling the group things they should be doing; (3) Break into discussion groups to make things “interactive;” (4) Go home wondering what was learned.

Hidden Disability


It’s all a matter of perception.

When you see a person in a wheelchair in a handicapped parking space you think nothing of it. That’s what the space is for, right? Well, what if you see a person like me, a person with a hidden disability?

Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry’s donated Smile Makeovers help raise $20,000

Dr. Jeff and Melissa Haddad at Leader Dog's 2016
Lead in the Holidays event

Dr. Jeff Haddad, a partner with Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry, a Rochester-based dental practice focusing on cosmetic, implant and restorative dentistry, is pleased to announce he has completed smile makeovers for two area women who bid for their smile re-dos via the Leader Dogs for the Blind Lead in the Holidays event held on November 19, 2016.

Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry is a long-time friend and supporter of Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Leader Dog Receives $61,196 from Purina

As a result of the My Dog is a Star campaign that ran in conjunction with the brand new Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina, Purina has donated $61,196 to Leader Dogs for the Blind. During the campaign, supporters were encouraged to share posts on social media about why their dog is a star and tag Purina, and the response was overwhelming.