To create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity.

We employ the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs.

Man holding guide dog harness


It takes a village to raise a puppy, especially if that puppy proudly serves as a Southeastern Guide Dog. Named as Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 Nonprofit of the Year, 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, Southeastern Guide Dogs serves more than 400 graduates across the U.S. and continues to place more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefitting people with visual impairments, and veterans. The charity provides all of its services free of charge and receives no government funding.

Fast Facts

  • Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
  • Our school has provided guide dogs to people with visual impairments for more than 30 years (since 1982).
  • Number of active guide dog partnerships: over 400.
  • Number of guide dog teams since inception: more than 2,800.
  • 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