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Holiday gift guide
Holiday giving ideas

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list and make an impact at the same time! Your gifts this holiday season can help empower people who are blind long after the holidays are over.

Light Up Leader Dog
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Join us this holiday season as we Light Up Leader Dog! For a $10 donation, a luminary will be placed in your honor on Leader Dog's campus. New this year: come to campus for a festive, marketplace-style luminary event!

Frozen Paw 5K
Frozen Paw 5K logo

Leader Dogs for the Blind is proud to present the Frozen Paw 5K! Participants will enjoy a course filled with wintry scenery through downtown Rochester, Rochester Municipal Park and Paint Creek Trail. Join us on January 22.


Make Everyone Unstoppable

With your help and our expertise, more people can travel safer, easier and with greater freedom than ever before. 

Blindness changes everything.

For people who are blind or visually impaired, the loss of sight is only the beginning of a life-changing reality. As the simplest to the most complex everyday tasks become daunting, these individuals often become depressed, anxious and isolated.

Why Leader Dog?

Leader Dog is the answer for thousands of people in critical need of our services. Because we believe every person deserves equal opportunity for independent travel, all of our services are provided at no cost, covering expenses for training, room, and board, and travel to our campus from anywhere in North America.

A Golden Retriever puppy dreaming of an owner

Make a dream come true.

There’s no doubt what our puppies want to be when they grow up, but they need your help. As a volunteer puppy raiser, you’ll be the foundation a puppy needs to become a Leader Dog. And together, you’ll help someone who is blind or visually impaired live a life of freedom, safety and happiness.

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On the Road with Barry: Gainesville

Day 1 Travel to north central Florida from Houston means a trip through Atlanta. Connections were all good, the plane train didn’t disappoint, nor did the automated soap dispensers and … Read more

Melissa Weisse Appointed as Leader Dog CEO

Leader Dogs for the Blind today announced the appointment of Melissa Weisse as its new President & Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive, national search process. Weisse will replace Susan … Read more

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Blindness Awareness Month: Bringing Visibility to Vision Loss

When asked what they’re most afraid of, a lot of people answer that it’s going blind. In fact, studies and surveys have shown that people are more afraid of vision … Read more

Give Hope for the Holidays

Many people like Gina hope for a Leader Dog in 2024. But when each dog needs 17 months of expert care and training, expenses add up.

Support the Holiday Drive to Change Lives to fund Leader Dog's free services. Your gift will help cover costs to graduate more guide dog teams next year. Help transform more lives with independence in 2024!