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Guide Dogs of the Desert

Every seven minutes someone in America becomes legally blind or visually impaired.
Since 1972, Guide Dogs of the Desert (GDD) has been connecting those who are blind with the essential tools for success at its campus outside Palm Springs.
Up to 30 clients and guide dogs are housed and trained each year. Believing that
every legally blind person should have access to a guide dog, the school maintains small class sizes to better focus on each client’s needs.  GDD creates opportunities for life-changing independence, safe mobility, and loving companionship for the legally blind through the use of a guide dog. To date, more than 1,200 client/dog teams have graduated in its 40 years of service.

How You Can Help
  • Give one of our puppies a name that is meaningful to you or someone you love through our Every Hero Needs a Name program; make an individual donation or join together in a group to name a puppy. For more information please call Kevin Towner at 760-329-6257.
  • Make a one-time or recurring donation.
  • Volunteer to welcome visitors and conduct tours at our training center.
  • Become part of our Speaker’s Bureau, a group of volunteers trained to speak to Lions Clubs, community groups and schools.
  • Become a puppy raiser, which involves taking eight-week-old puppies into your home until they reach 18 to 22 months of age. By sharing your love and time you help by giving the puppies a special upbringing.
  • Assist in various special events that support the organization, such as graduations, event booths and fundraising.
  • Purchase a GDD calendar either online or by calling 760-329-6257.

For more information about the programand how you can become involved, visit

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