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Black and white photo of a large group of people seated at round tables, each wearing a blindfold
A black lab sits on a field of green grass wearing a leather Leader Dog harness and looking directly at the camera
A black lab sits on a field of green grass wearing a leather Leader Dog harness and looking directly at the camera
Gary Sinise Foundation Annoucement
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We are proud to announce that the Gary Sinise Foundation has awarded Leader Dog with a $350,000 grant to support our service of veterans, defenders and first responders who are blind or visually impaired with highly skilled guide dogs. As part of the grant, the Gary Sinise Foundation is sponsoring seven Future Leader Dogs!

Collaboration Events

Join a Collaboration Event

You're invited to join our Collaboration Events! These are monthly opportunities to discover other organizations within the blindness and low vision field and the services they provide. These free, online events are held the last Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m. EST and are open to anyone.

Breeding Host

Host a Leader Dog Mom

Our breeding mom dogs represent the future of Leader Dogs for the Blind and all the guide dogs we match with people who are blind. When you become a breeding host, you ensure that many more people will have the chance to meet the dogs that will change their lives.

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.

Helaine and her current Leader Dog, Zara. They are sitting on a bench and Helaine has her left arm around Zara’s shoulders. Helaine is wearing black slacks, a purple long-sleeve shirt and a brightly patterned yellow, tan and red scarf; she has a large smile on her face. Zara is a yellow golden retriever/Labrador retriever cross. She has dark eyes and a dark nose. She is leaning into Helaine and is wearing a brown leather Leader Dog harness.

Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Helaine

Hello. I’m Helaine and my Leader Dog #2 is Zara; we were matched in April of this year. I waited a very long time for Zara due to Covid and … Read more

Gary Sinise Foundation and Leader Dog logos side by side

Gary Sinise Foundation + Leader Dog

Gary Sinise Foundation Provides $350,000 Grant to Leader Dogs for the Blind to Benefit America’s Veterans and First Responders On National Assistance Dog Day, the Gary Sinise Foundation announced a … Read more

A dark-haired woman leans over on a sunny porch, hugging and kissing a yellow lab lying next to her

We Can’t Do It Without You

If you’ve ever donated to Leader Dog, served as a volunteer, attended one of our events, hosted a fundraiser or supported Leader Dog in the many big and small ways … Read more