A dog can make a difference.
Guide dogs for people with vision loss, service dogs for veterans with disabilities, skilled companion dogs for qualifying children and youth—what‘s the best way to find out which dog is right for you? Start here.
Select from these three major categories, or check out some answers to Frequently Asked Questions listed below. Look around and you’ll be able to dig deeper into who we are, what kind of dogs we offer, and how we might help you with your specific needs.
Did you know? Because of generous donors and partners, all of our dogs and services are offered at no cost to recipients.
Dogs for People with Vision Loss
“Am I blind enough?” If you are legally blind, the answer is, “yes.” There are many types of visual impairments, and a highly-trained guide dog can help with all of them. Hear from some of our graduates about how much these extraordinary dogs have transformed their lives. Learn about Kids Companion Dogs for children with vision loss, too.
Dogs for Veterans
For some, the battle is never over, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a constant presence. Our service dogs can help those who served our country face the challenges of PTSD and other disabilities, leading to a more fulfilling life. Learn more about our other veterans’ programs, too, including emotional support dogs, facility therapy dogs, and Gold Star Family dogs.
Dogs for Children & Teens
We offer dogs and programs for children and teens with significant challenges, such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. Watch this video for more on some of our programs designed specifically for them.
Why Choose Us?
Our dogs are our gift to you, at no cost. World-class dogs, top training, comfortable accommodations, and generous alumni benefits are all a part of what makes Southeastern Guide Dogs the perfect choice for people from all over the United States.
“I knew my dog would be good, but Charlie is amazing. Every day is just—wow.”
— Mike Gilliam and Guide Dog Charlie | Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Visually Impaired Q&A
How much does a guide dog cost the recipient?
How long is your guide dog training program?
Do I have to be totally blind to qualify for a guide dog?
How long will I have to wait for a guide dog?
How much does a service dog cost for the recipient?
How can a service dog help a veteran living with PTSD?
How do I know if I qualify for a service dog?
How long will I have to wait for a service dog?
Children & Youth Q&A
What are the age requirements for children seeking a dog?
Can my visually impaired child get a guide dog?
Is Guide Dog Camp only for those who definitely know they want a guide dog?
Does a parent need to be in attendance for Guide Dog Camp?
I still have questions about getting a guide dog. Who can I contact at Southeastern Guide Dogs?
If I have more questions about getting a service dog, who can I call or email?
Who can I contact to find out more about getting a companion dog for my visually impaired child?