Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. A nonprofit with a national reach, we train dogs of the highest pedigree for people who are blind and for veterans, providing our premier dogs and lifetime services at no cost.​

We provide all of our dogs and services free of charge and receive no government funding.

Man holding guide dog harness


Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) and Assistance Dogs International (ADI). Founded in 1982 in Palmetto, Florida, we employ the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs. Southeastern Guide Dogs serves more than 450 graduates across the U.S. and continues to place more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefiting people with visual impairments and veterans. While receiving no government funding, we provide all of our dogs and services at no cost to recipients.

Fast Facts

  • Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Our school has provided guide dogs to people with visual impairments since 1982.
  • We also provide service dogs for veterans with PTSD and facility therapy dogs that live with staff members and provide comfort at military healthcare facilities.
  • Number of active guide dog and service dog partnerships: over 450.
  • Number of guide dog and service dog teams since inception: nearly 3,000.
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs is accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) in Reading, England and is a member of the Council of U.S. Dog Guide Schools.

What people are saying…

“I just want to get out and enjoy the world around me without having to worry. Now that I have Norman, I have nothing to worry about.”

Ciara Hall with guide Norman