2014—The Year in Review

Numbers reflect fiscal year 2013–2014

Published in: Update - Issue 1 - 2015 »   

What an exciting year at Leader Dogs for the Blind as we celebrated our 75th Anniversary! But we didn’t just spend the year reflecting on our past accomplishments; we made advances throughout 2014 and worked at setting Leader Dog up for the next 75 years.

Female veterinarian holds up a young yellow lab puppy as she examines its front legs

Dr. Wilson examines a puppy before placing her
with a puppy raiser.

Our Veterinary Department

  • 406 dog spay/neuters
  • 430 entry/training exams
  • 44 specialized dental procedures
  • 638 breeding/puppy exams
  • 1,212 procedures done under anesthesia

Our Training and Client Services Departments

  • Trained 186 guide dog teams (7 Deaf-Blind)
  • Issued 157 GPS devices and trained clients how to use them
  • A group of seven male and female teenagers walks across a road toward the camera on a summer day, most using white canes
  • Trained 73 accelerated orientation & mobility clients
  • Hosted 21 teens for Summer Experience Camp
  • Supported 264 clients in their homes with follow-up services

With Help From

  • 352 on-campus volunteers who completed 31,360 hours of service
  • 444 puppy raisers dedicated to our Future Leader Dogs
  • 98 families hosting our male and female breeding stock dogs

First Deaf-Blind Warm Weather Training

Close up photo of hands during tactile sign language communication. One hand is outstretched over another person's hand

During February, four Deaf-Blind clients completed guide dog training in Estero, Florida to aid the American Sign Language (ASL) and Tactile ASL communication process, which can be hampered by gloves and mittens..

AER Michigan Award

(Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired)

We received the AER award which is presented to an organization that has made a significant contribution to the field of blindness and/or in the service of persons who are blind or visually impaired in Michigan.

75th Anniversary Open House

Several Leader Dog employees sit behind a table covered with Leader Dog paraphernalia and flyers while talking to members of the public

On May 3, we opened our doors to the public to showcase our 75-year history and to thank the local community for their many decades of support. Attendees toured our kennel, learned about the programs and services we offer our clients, and met LDB staff, clients and canines.

Though the weather wasn’t the best (rain and wind with a little bit of hail thrown in just for fun) we estimate that attendance ranged upwards to 1,500 people.

Completed Feasibility Study and Began Work on Canine Development Center

On August 4 we broke ground on the renovation that will update our kennel into a state-of-the-art Canine Development Center. The first phase includes demolition and rebuilding of our veterinary office, puppy development office, puppy area, breeding stock area and lobby. The next issue of Update will highlight the plans and progress on the new facility.