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Support the 2024 Class of Leader Dogs

Black lab wearing a dark blue graduation capThis year, our supporters made it possible for a truly incredible class of Leader Dogs to graduate. You can see this past year's graduating class below!

The freedom our Leader Dogs give back to their human partners is truly amazing. But the costs of providing 17 months of care, professional training and veterinary services add up quickly.

That’s why we’re so grateful for our partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation. The foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, who has been an advocate of our nation’s defenders for nearly 40 years.

With the support of the foundation and compassionate friends like you, we’ve been able to provide guide dogs to veterans for over 70 years. Veterans like Wayne, a Navy veteran who lost his eyesight to a degenerative disease.

Every time we match a Leader Dog to a deserving veteran, we have heroes leading heroes!

Right now: 2X matching gift

If you’d like to make a gift to support more heroes leading heroes, there couldn’t be a better time than right now – our generous friends at the Gary Sinise Foundation have agreed to match your gift today, up to $100,000!

Make your gift by September 30, 2023 to support the next class of puppies.

Man wearing a University of Michigan t-shirt and jean shorts sits on a park bench next to a black lab in Leader Dog harness that's sitting on the ground. There are trees and grass in the background

Leader Dogs for the Blind is privileged to have served veterans from all branches of the U.S. military and first responders including paramedics, firefighters and police officers.

After serving in the Navy as an aviation technician on the USS Coral Sea, Wayne Sanford learned he had retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease. Before being diagnosed as legally blind at age 44, he worked in quality assurance on the space shuttle project at Rockwell International. A state agency referred Wayne to Leader Dog for Orientation & Mobility training, and he returned to receive his first guide dog, Otto, in 2023.

Don’t forget that every gift will be matched up to $100,000!

Meet the Class of 2023

Please give today to help support our next class of puppies. Through your generous gift, you can bring independence and hope to more people who need a canine guide and companion.