Your donation makes a wonderful difference!
Your gift will enable Guiding Eyes for the Blind to enrich the lives of the blind and visually impaired, by providing them with magnificent, professionally trained dogs.
For Guiding Eyes graduate Omar Rivera and his guide dog, Salty, one harrowing event epitomizes this. Last year marked the tenth anniversary of the team’s escape from Tower One of the World Trade Center on September 11th, and their remarkable story was featured on National Geographic in a special about 9/11 entitled, “Where Were You?”. Salty’s unmistakable insistence that they flee prompted Omar to make his way out of the building. The team painstakingly made their way down the building’s narrow staircase, and Omar remembers taking Salty’s harness off at one point, telling him to go because the stairway was narrow and nearly impossible for them to navigate together. Salty began to descend, listening to Omar’s command, but quickly returned, as if to say, “I am with you…no matter what.”
"Trust is the most important thing in a relationship with a guide dog. The dogs give everything they have – just for love. Salty worked with me for ten years, and will remain in my heart forever. Guiding Eyes prepares such beautiful dogs; maybe one day there will be another Salty for someone else, but I hope not for the same purpose.”
Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your kindness and generosity.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity.
Guiding Eyes is an internationally accredited, nonprofit guide dog school with a 50-plus year legacy of providing the blind and visually impaired with superior Guiding Eyes dogs, training, and lifetime support services.
Our family of professionals, volunteers and donors are all committed to giving our students the gift of greater personal freedom, independence and dignity by providing them with the finest bred and trained guide dogs in the world.
Our students come from across the United States and around the world.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Guiding Eyes family.