Volunteer docent Joan Vennemeyer recently gave a tour of our California campus to a group that included a woman who is blind. She graciously spent a lot of extra time with the woman, answering her questions about our program. Because of her warm and informative guidance, the visitor has now applied to our school to get a Guide Dog. Joan is among thousands of GDB volunteers who make a real difference in peoples’ lives.
And you can, too. By learning more about blindness and GDB, you just may change someone’s life!
Did you know:
- Approximately 1.3 million Americans are legally blind. It is estimated that an additional 47,000 people will lose their vision annually.
- The leading causes of new blindness are progressive, degenerative and/or age-related (such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy).
- You do not need to be totally blind to apply for our programs.
- Guide Dogs, training, equipment, room and board, post-graduate support and financial assistance with veterinary care are all offered free-of-charge to people throughout the US and Canada. For more info, visit guidedogs.com or call (800) 295-4050.