Logo for Bark & Brew 5K showing graphic of a yellow dog in harness on the left with the words Leader Dogs for the Blind Bark & Brew 5K Presented by Chief Financial Credit Union. There is also a graphic of a foaming mug.

Kick off the start of summer with the Bark & Brew 5K, presented by Chief Financial Credit Union! In-person racers will enjoy a beautiful 5K route starting at Rochester Municipal Park, and virtual racers can join the run from anywhere!

Help make more perfect matches like Karen and Leader Dog Minkey!
$54,000 MATCHING CHALLENGE

Your gift by May 15 will help even more people like Karen live without boundaries with the help of a loyal Leader Dog like Minkey.

This spring, become a puppy raiser

Thanks to our friends at Premier Pet Supply who have stepped forward to help provide $100 Premier Pet gift cards to the first 50 people to get puppy raising applications approved!

Sponsor a puppy

These six puppies have big futures. Your sponsorship makes a difference not only for the puppies who will grow up to become heroes to their partners, but also for the partners whose lives will be changed by these dogs.

Future Leader Dog Jackson is destined for greatness

Thanks to the dedication of puppy raisers and all our volunteers, we are able to provide our services 100% free of charge.

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Make Everyone Unstoppable

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

Due to the spread of coronavirus in the U.S., Leader Dogs for the Blind has enacted protocols to help protect the health and safety of our clients, team members, volunteers, guests and others who interact with Leader Dog personnel or visit our campus. Tours and on-campus events are suspended at this time. The gift shop is open online and for curbside pickup. Learn more about our safety protocols.

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 is tucked under a yellow blanket. There is a "dream" bubble depicted over the puppy's head showing an adult golden retriever in guide dog harness walking down a sidewalk with an older man

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.

A yellow lab/golden retriever cross puppy sits on a sidewalk in the sun on leash. He is looking at the camera with his mouth open as if smiling

Meet the special puppy wearing tag #20,000!

Moira sits smiling at the camera. Her long hair is down and she is wearing a black sleeveless top. Seated next to her is a yellow lab with its mouth slightly open as though smiling.

Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Moira Shea

Hello there, my name is Moira Shea and I have been invited to share some of my life lessons with you. I live in Washington DC with my husband and … Read more

A young yellow lab puppy sits in the snow, looking up toward the camera and wearing a blue Future Leader Dog bandanna.

A Love Letter to Puppy Raisers

By Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Ashley Nunnelly Some of you may know that my start in the service dog industry was as a puppy raiser. I started raising when I … Read more

Anu stands outside in a dark colored t-shirt. She is smiling and holding a young German shepherd in her arms.

Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Anu Joshi

Hey Everyone! My name is Anu, I’m from Southeast Michigan and I’ve been a volunteer puppy raiser for Leader Dogs since 2014. I grew up in Rochester and like most … Read more

$54,000 MATCHING CHALLENGEYOUR IMPACT DOUBLES!

Join our $54,000 Matching Challenge by May 15 to make more perfect matches like Karen and her Leader Dog, Minkey.