One foot in front of the other towards freedom.
Our students are as different as young from old, city from country. But all of them deserve a chance for self-sufficiency. Our program matches highly trained guide dogs with visually impaired individuals, providing the gift of an independent lifestyle. Students train on our Palmetto, Florida campus for 26 days, venturing from our secluded Freedom Walk out to city streets, shopping malls, and public transportation. Most leave here with a new spring in their step and a wider smile. Learn more.
Our students receive our services at no cost, thanks to our generous partners.
PAWS FOR PATRIOTS™
They served us. Now it’s our turn.
Veterans have served for freedom’s sake, and now they deserve the freedom to navigate with heads high and renewed confidence.
Pairs highly trained guide dogs with visually impaired veterans. Veterans live and learn on campus, then receive lifetime follow-up and support. Learn more.
Trains and places exceptional dogs not suitable for guide work into careers benefiting veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress. Gaining confidence from these dogs, veterans expand their lives, regain mobility and independence and re-integrate into their communities. Learn more.
FACILITY THERAPY DOGS
Places therapy dogs into military hospitals to spread cheer and encouragement and help wounded warriors heal from their injuries. Learn more.
They’re dog-gone talented!
Our guide dogs have met rigorous medical and behavioral standards before being paired with a student. Dogs who don’t quite meet these standards are selected to change careers into other fields that are important and provide great value to a variety of people.
Companion dogs placed with visually impaired children ages 10–17, building a bridge toward a future guide by acclimating the children to the responsibilities and joys of dog ownership. Learn more.
PUBLIC SERVICE DOGS
Dogs with specific aptitudes for careers in search and rescue or arson, bomb, and drug detection. Learn more.
Dogs who work with our active volunteers providing outreach, education, and comfort to those in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and schools. Learn more.