One Million to Goal

One Million to Goal

Published in: Update - Issue 3 - 2015 »   


Photo of the front of the new Canine Development Center on a wet fall day

Even though the temperatures are beginning to fall, things are still abuzz here at Leader Dogs for the Blind. We’ve made fantastic progress on our Canine Development Center over the last few months. We’re about halfway through with construction and are currently on track to meet our September 2016 completion date!

Fundraising for the Canine Development Center is still underway. The entire Leader Dog community including the board of trustees, donors, the Leader Dog team, Lions club members, corporations, foundations and of course our clients, puppy raisers, breeding hosts, volunteers and the general public have provided tremendous support, enabling Leader Dog to reach $13.5 million of our $14.5 million dollar goal. It is a critical time as we strive to raise the last million dollars toward our campaign goal. Our objective is to include all supporters in the final push of this campaign, and we hope you will be a part of this most significant undertaking. As the old saying goes, “The light is at the end of the tunnel,” and we need your help to hit our target!

The new Canine Development Center is crucial to the future success of Leader Dogs for the Blind. Our clients need Leader Dogs that can actually think and make life or death decisions. The type of training needed to produce this caliber of dog begins in the Canine Center, where our future Leader Dogs and best training practices come together. The ongoing improvement of our services is paramount to achieving our mission—to empower our clients with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel. The new Canine Development Center will provide the optimal environment for housing future Leader Dogs while they learn their life-changing work.

Later in this issue, you’ll read a wonderful article about client Michael Witt and Leader Dog Vern which clearly demonstrates the important work that we do; a truly inspiring story!

I hope you enjoy this issue of Update and reading about our ongoing progress. As always, thank you for your continued support of Leader Dogs for the Blind.


Susan M. Daniels
President and CEO