Guiding Eyes for the Blind
2009 ANNUAL REPORT
w w w. g u i d i n g e y e s . o r g
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually
impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely,
thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity.
Our Core Values
There is nothing more important than recognizing the individual needs and
aspirations of our students and graduates. We are committed to supporting and
encouraging every effort in their pursuit to achieve success.
OUR GUIDING EYES DOGS
A Guiding Eyes dog is bred for its higher calling, possessing superior confidence
and strength, and raised and trained with patience and affection. Recognizing this,
we are committed to assuring a lifetime of well-being for every one of our dogs.
Educating the sighted public about guide dog usage is an important part of this
commitment. Guiding Eyes for the
Blind is proud to be a
member of the Better
OUR PUPPY RAISERS Business Bureau’s Wise
Giving Alliance, which
The heart and soul of Guiding Eyes is the generosity and selflessness of our
puppy-raising families. Without their extraordinary dedication, our program would charities based on
not exist. As a result of their unique relationship with the puppies these special
Standards for Charity
volunteers raise, they share a very special common bond with our graduates. Accountability. This
donors make informed
OUR VOLUNTEERS giving decisions
Our volunteers are truly the unsung heroes of Guiding Eyes. They give so much high standards
of themselves without seeking recognition. Their dedication and tireless support, of management
for which we can never show enough gratitude, is a profound gift to our students
O U R S TA F F
We are bonded by a common goal. . . our mission. To that end, each and every
Guiding Eyes staff member performs an essential role. We recognize that the quality
of our program is inextricably linked to the collective spirit we bring to our work. Cover photo –
Guiding Eyes Maddox (7M09)
with puppy raiser Cara Antonacci
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding the Way
Nothing ever really stays the same here. During the past three years, and in the five
years to come, we will focus on cutting edge innovations that will change the guide
dog movement in ways that could not have been imagined just a few years ago.
In the 2009 Annual Report, we reflect on the year’s accomplishments,
many of which are leading to the roll-out of a major initiative resulting
from extensive research conducted at the Canine Development Center
(CDC) in Patterson, New York.
The Canine Development Center is where the Guiding Eyes
story begins. It has an outstanding reputation in the field, and
guide dog professionals from all over the world visit the Center to
be trained in our breeding and puppy raising techniques.
The Canine Development Center’s work is essential to
our ability to produce some of the world’s best guide dogs.
We continue to invest intellectual capital and financial resources
in every component of our work. Notably, we are steadfast in
our dedication to supporting our graduate teams. More than
1,000 graduates use Guiding Eyes as a resource even after they
have completed training and returned home. We are proud to
provide our graduates with instructional support and
veterinary stipends for as long as they are partnered with
Guiding Eyes dogs.
Every member of the Guiding Eyes family, represented
by the “voices” in this report, has had a hand in making
our school a dynamic, professional, and caring institution.
Thousands of blind and visually impaired people have
called Guiding Eyes their “home away from home”
for over five decades. 1
THE CANINE DEVELOPMENT CENTER
On the Cutting Edge
of Breeding and Training Advances
Beginning in 2007, the Canine Development Center staff
engaged in extensive research in puppy training. The
program that evolved from their work will be unveiled
during the next five years and will be clearly evidenced by
the new ways in which we raise our puppies, from birth to
guide dog training.
Our cutting edge advancements bring the Guiding Eyes
family to a pivotal time in our 55-year history. It is truly a
unique moment, a time to rally our collective energies to
ensure that our full vision becomes a reality.
STEP, THE PUPPY TRAINING PROGRAM OF THE FUTURE
The pilot implementation of STEP (Successive Training and Puppies are introduced to human socialization within a few
Enrichment Program) has profoundly changed the way days of their birth, and continue building confidence and
Guiding Eyes for the Blind approaches puppy training. Two core skills through small progressive steps that are integrated
years of research and study has resulted in a program that from the whelping kennel through to puppy-raising, with
markedly enhances the development, responsiveness, and phenomenal results:
sociability of our puppies, the Guiding Eyes dogs of the future.
For example, our guide dog instructors will be able to spend
In short, STEP focuses on building healthy, mutual one-on-one more time training dogs for guide work, and less time working
relationships between puppies and people. This is critical and to ameliorate remedial behavior such as harness sensitivity.
provides a foundation for the many human interactions our
Since the introduction of STEP, the percentage of dogs with
puppies experience on their way to becoming guide dogs.
harness sensitivity decreased from 30% to 10%.
STEP improves our dogs’ success ratios
• Early socialization and training develops the potential of pups during the critical first
sixteen weeks of life.
• STEP focuses on building puppies’ confidence and thus their ability to learn new skills.
We compare the early months of a puppy’s life to that of a newborn infant; for both
baby and pup, their earliest weeks represent a critical period in their brain
development. They have the ability to absorb a myriad of new skills and
accept senses, sights, and sounds without fear. For this reason, we
added several socialization activities for our puppies during their
first weeks of life.
Pups in STEP are happy, confident dogs that are eager to learn
and want to work with and for people.
A REVOLUTIONARY TRAINING PROGRAM NEEDS A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY
During 2009, we worked with staff and design STEP’s successful implementation requires that we integrate
consultants to explore how to effectively develop the design and development of the CDC’s terrain and
physical facilities so that the optimal training and enrichment
the CDC’s 30-acre property into a one-of-a-kind, environments are created.
state-of-the-art breeding and puppy raising facility.
When completed, the new Canine Development Center will
We know that there is not a facility in the world on be a 30,000 sq. ft. facility, increasing it from its current size
which we can model the new CDC. Therefore, we of 16,000 sq. ft.
are thinking creatively in undertaking a facility design Construction is planned in three phases to allow program
that will ensure our continued success. operations to continue and to provide ample time for
fundraising. The first phase of construction is scheduled
for spring 2010.
To support all of the CDC’s most recent initiatives, we are
launching a new fundraising effort entitled “Guiding the
Way.” Our goal is to raise $8 million, the proceeds of which
to be used for:
• The puppy training advances of STEP. This new training
approach will ultimately improve the already-superior
quality of our Guiding Eyes dogs.
• The redesign and construction of a new CDC facility. The
new facility will be designed to facilitate each component of
STEP, providing ample and appropriate spaces for whelping
and training, as well as better facilities for our breeding
dogs. Buildings will nearly double in functionality, and the
CDC’s beautiful grounds will be better utilized to allow our
dogs to train in safe, natural environments.
For further information on “Guiding the Way,” please
contact Lisa Deutsch, Vice President for Marketing and
Development, at 914 243-4340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I started volunteering
for Guiding Eyes for the
Blind seven years ago.
I read an article in the local paper
that told the story of a successful
young puppy raiser and realized
this would be a wonderful way
for my children to learn about
helping others. It didn’t hurt that
I absolutely love dogs.
It began with home socialization. Very quickly The pups are not only students; they frequently
afterwards, I began raising puppies. I’ve now been become teachers as well. Often they grasp the
working at the Canine Development Center for lessons so fast that I feel like I am working with
more than five years. an accelerated class.
My job is to work with the puppies before they One of the projects I am working on is how to
go to volunteer raisers. The groundwork we do maximize crate time for the pups; the goal is to
provides a leg up for the pup and the raiser. During have a pup settled and relaxed in his or her crate
our training sessions, we challenge the pups and for three hours at a time by nine weeks of age.
build their confidence and problem solving skills. The crate training we are doing at the Canine
They walk over metal and moving objects, curiously Development Center teaches the pup how to
approach animated toys, run down the hallways be confident while being alone, eliminating any
with their make-shift harnesses, and readily explore separation anxiety.
a dark room. One of the highlights of the STEP program is
Our puppies are eager students; they are always watching the pups grow and learn. It is a great
excited about the lessons of the day. When I feeling to know that the pups I train are on the
approach a pen, they all seem to be saying “pick path to giving independence and companionship,
me, pick me; I want to be next.” My goal is to have and most importantly – to becoming someone’s
the pup equate training with fun. This way they’ll guiding eyes.
understand that people are a pleasure to be
around, and they’ll always enjoy their work.
Volunteer Puppy Raisers:
Guiding Eyes’ Heart and Soul
Volunteer puppy raisers represent the heart of
Guiding Eyes for the Blind. They perform the
essential task of caring for and training puppies
between the ages of three months and 14-16
months. Collectively, Guiding Eyes’ 450 puppy
raisers donate thousands of man hours, not to
mention abundant loving care, and these dedicated
individuals are not easily replaced.
We keep careful records documenting the percentage of those After introducing STEP, the average rate of returning raisers
raisers who return to raise additional puppies. We invest many increased from 48% to 75%.
resources in our raisers, and cannot put a price tag on their
This remarkable improvement is a testament to the innovative
considerable donations, thus we have worked hard to make
and rewarding raiser experience resulting from STEP.
them feel appreciated and successful.
PUPPY RAISER voice
Our family began puppy raising because
our two girls, Meghan (12) and Shannon (9), longed
for a puppy. We were so excited when we found out we were
getting eight-week-old Roxanne.
Meghan and Roxanne quickly bonded and wouldn't was hard to see
leave each other's side. We were absolutely amazed her go.
at how much she knew at such a young age; she On the ride to
could sit, she would indicate when she needed to New York for
go out, and she loved to play “touch.” graduation, we
Meghan learned that dogs treasure the small things wondered if
in life - a little piece of food or a short ear rub Roxanne would
would send Roxanne's tail wagging at often remember us.
dangerous speeds. We, too, found ourselves Throughout the ceremony, Roxanne was quiet and
enjoying the small things Roxanne did: the way she well behaved, and the joy of her accomplishment
would lie on her back and have her feet sticking up overwhelmed us. Then it was time to meet Joe and
in the air when she slept, or when she would rest see Roxanne; she showed her excitement by shower-
her head on our laps and look at us. She always ing us with kisses. At that moment, we knew
brightened our day. Roxanne was doing what made her happy and we
At eighteen months, Roxanne was scheduled to were so very proud to know that we had helped her
return to New York to finish her training. It was reach her goal. I am not sure who was luckier: Joe to
a time of mixed emotions; we were happy for have Roxanne or Roxanne to have Joe. But I do know
Roxanne and the adventures ahead for her, but it that they are lucky to have each other.
Roxanne and I graduated from Guiding Eyes in June 2009.
Since then, Roxanne has become my guide and guardian angel. She has become that
constant presence in my life that helps me through the most difficult times.
Last August, Roxanne and I prepared to I heard someone recently say that a guide dog
head out for our evening walk. I noticed would be too much of a hassle, a job and an
her behavior was much exaggerated this inconvenience in his life. I had thought the same
thing myself, before coming to Guiding Eyes.
evening – she was licking, stomping, huffing
But now, I think about what he is missing by
and puffing. She did not want me to put
not experiencing the difference these incredible
the harness on and kept turning her head
creatures can make
and tucking her chin. As we left the house in your life.
and started up the sidewalk, Roxanne kept
protesting; she even tried to turn around
and head back home.
We made it about 200 yards up the street when
I started to feel very dizzy and weak. Roxanne
bunched up at my feet, vocalizing with an urgency
I hadn’t heard before. I realized I was having
a diabetes-related hypoglycemic reaction and
needed to return home immediately. Fighting
unconsciousness, we turned towards home. The
walk to the front door felt like forever. Upon
entering the house, I administered my glucose
and spent the night on the kitchen floor. Roxanne
never left my side.
I’m fully aware that Roxanne wasn’t taught to
react to my diabetes; she has figured all this out
on her own. I’ve never felt safer since the loss of
my sight. I never expected that she would have this
much of a positive impact on my life.
Time and time again, our students tell us that they The Residential Training Program offers blind and
visually impaired men and women an intensive, 26-day
chose Guiding Eyes because “the staff is so professional
instructional program. Small classes enable our instructors to
and everyone cares about us so much.” We strive to give students all the skills they need to bond with their dog as
a team. We train students and their new guides to be able to
live up to such high praise and expectations.
navigate many types of places, including rural, suburban and
Our instructors are indeed caring, dedicated, and creative. urban settings. Students are also offered the opportunity to
Every student has his or her own challenges, and our train in New York City – the “Mount Everest” of guide dog
instructors have the experience and persistence to make training. There, they learn how to handle crowded sidewalks,
sure students reach new heights of independence with heavy traffic, intersections, buses and subways.
their Guiding Eyes dogs.
During summer months, many high school students populate
We offer several instructional programs, each designed the Training Center for the Sights on College Program.
to produce successful Guiding Eyes teams. This program was developed to encourage blind adolescents
to pursue higher education. In addition to the Residential
Training venues, students practice their skills on local college
campuses. Students are introduced to assistive technology
during their four weeks at the Training Center. Mastering
computer-based resources will level the
playing field between them and their
The Accelerated Training Option (ACTION) is a 15-day
training program for those blind and visually impaired students
who are experienced guide dog handlers. Students begin the
bonding process at the Training Center, meeting their new guide
dogs in a supervised setting. After students conclude their Training
Center instruction, Guiding Eyes trainers provide them with
additional training in their hometowns.
The program for which there is the most increased demand is
the Home Training Program. Many blind people are single
parents who cannot leave their children or are employed in
positions from which they cannot be excused for extended
periods of time.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind was the first guide dog school in the
United States to establish a Special Needs Program. This
program provides dogs specifically trained to accommodate each
student’s particular challenges, which might include cerebral palsy,
muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and balance
problems. Those who are Deaf-Blind are also served by this
program. It is not unusual for Guiding Eyes to accept a student
who other guide dog schools have turned away or have been
unable to help.
To accommodate his handler’s support
cane, Guiding Eyes Lipton was specially
trained to guide from the right side.
I have been in guide dog work for nearly 21 years.
From the very beginning, I loved the excitement of training dogs, learning new skills,
and developing close and strong connections with students and graduates.
But then came the real learning – through The graduate knew the route, and his dog picked
up familiar scents that were buried beneath the
the powerful connections I make working
snow. They had to walk in the street, but eventually
with our courageous blind and visually the team found their way home. Even I couldn’t
impaired people. Every dog and every stu- believe that they did not get lost. The graduate’s
courage and confidence and his guide’s persistence
dent teaches me something. Sometimes I
taught me another lesson.
have to pull back and allow the process to
happen, for it’s only when student and dog
learn to understand each other that the
team can soar.
I’m still in awe when I see a team effortlessly
navigate a busy street. Graduates have expressed
their sensation of walking with a dog in a variety
of ways. One young woman told me she felt like
she was flying. Another graduate walked one block
and thanked me for his Cadillac.
It’s difficult to describe the value of these dogs to
their blind partners. Stories abound. A graduate
worked in a busy office building around which
construction had begun. A co-worker remarked,
“How have you been getting through all Graham Buck
Assistant Director of Training
the construction - it’s been a mess!?” “What
construction?” the graduate replied. Her Guiding
Eyes dog handled the jack hammers and hard
hats with ease. I knew that the best teams have
An upstate New York graduate told me an amazing a strong bond, but I will never
story about a night in a blizzard. He had returned again question the power of that
home from the city and his bus was extremely late. bond and the priceless gift that is a
There were no cabs, so he decided to attempt the Guiding Eyes dog.
trip home on foot. It was just a two-mile walk from
the terminal to his home, but the sidewalks and
landmarks were covered with snow.
Department of Veterinary Services
In 2009, Guiding Eyes acquired an
in-house Veterinary Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine,
making us the first and only guide dog
school in the world equipped with
The addition of the Vet-MRI unit gives us
the ability to diagnose various conditions in
working guides, as well as retired guide
dogs and even puppies being raised in our
program. As we move into 2010, we will
begin utilizing the Vet-MRI as a “routine”
procedure in much the same the way we
use x-rays to track our dogs’ health.
Veterinary Care Support BOISE FUND
Although Guiding Eyes provides guide dogs and training at no The Boise Fund provides graduates with financial assistance for
cost to its students, the inevitable rise in veterinary fees can be medical care in the rare instance that a dog is involved in an
a hardship for graduates. accident. The Boise Fund was established by Sally Rosenthal, a
Guiding Eyes graduate, in honor of her guide, Boise.
Guiding Eyes’ veterinary stipend funds are unique in the field.
Three funds provide financial assistance for the veterinary care
of our graduates’ guide dogs. Kennel Enrichment
H O C K M E Y E R V E T E R I N A RY C A R E F U N D In 2009, we constructed an enclosed outdoor recreation area in
The newest veterinary assistance fund was established in which dogs can be trained or play and exercise. This 115-foot
2009 to provide financial support to graduates whose dogs long grassy area can accommodate several dogs at a time. We
require the services of veterinary specialists, such as those in make it available for our blind and visually impaired students
orthopedics, ophthalmology, and gastroenterology. The fund to use when they have time off from training; the space is an
was established with a generous donation from Mary and ideal, safe environment for this purpose. The Outdoor
Wayne Hockmeyer. Recreation Area was made possible by a grant from The Planet
W A N D A T O S C A N I N I H O R O W I T Z G R A D U AT E
A S S I S TA N C E F U N D The addition of the new outdoor kennel run supports the
This fund was established to assist Guiding Eyes graduates with expansion of our multi-faceted Kennel Enrichment Program.
the routine expenses associated with owning and caring for This program ensures that our dogs receive ample exercise, play
their dogs. These expenses may include vaccinations and annual time, and socialization opportunities. A strong team of volun-
medical examinations. It was established with a bequest from teers spends time playing and “relaxing” with our dogs in their
the estate of Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, daughter of the famed kennels. This socialization time helps our dogs think of kennels
New York Philharmonic conductor, Arturo Toscanini, and wife as safe, comforting places.
of piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz.
PUPPY RAISER voice
When I started puppy raising, family and friends questioned me
about how I could give away a dog after bonding with him for over a year. From day one, I
never really thought of Rocky as “my” dog. I told myself that Rocky was on loan to me and I
was determined to enjoy every minute with him.
Rocky absolutely loved working. He community service hours than to raise an adorable
puppy? However, by the end of my journey with
went shopping and camping. He went
Rocky, I grasped the larger picture.
to restaurants, the bank, the dentist, the
I never thought that I had the ability to help
library, the post office, and the llama farm.
transform a silly, energetic puppy into an intelligent
He came with me to piano lessons and guide dog that could greatly impact someone’s life.
accompanied me on cross country meets Throughout the time I had Rocky, I told anyone
and college visits. There wasn’t much that who asked that I was training him to be a guide
dog, but I never really stopped to think about what
Rocky and I didn’t do together.
the words meant. When I saw Rocky guide Allan
Speaking with a visually impaired individual one into the room at their graduation, I was incredible
day about his experiences with a guide dog, I proud of him. Suddenly, the words “training to be a
understood how much freedom Rocky would one guide dog” had a deeper, greater meaning.
day provide. This made giving Rocky away
more exciting than difficult.
Despite this, the first few weeks without
Rocky were hard. The house was so quiet
and even a little boring. So we got another
puppy about one month later. Chad taught
me that each dog will choose his own
career. Chad was not destined to be a
Guiding Eyes dog, nor a service dog of any
type. He decided that he wanted to be a
family pet. Chad was matched with a very
lucky family, and then little Lang entered
my life. Lang shares the same work ethic
and enthusiasm as Rocky, and my dream is
to attend Lang's graduation with his blind
or visually impaired partner.
Raising Rocky was truly a life-changing
experience for me. I learned that some-
thing I did, as just a 16-year-old student,
could really make a difference. When I
first became involved with puppy raising, I
thought only of the good that would come
of it for me personally. How better to get
Fundraising and Events
Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic 2009
For a third straight year, New York Giants quarterback
Eli Manning hosted our major fundraising event. Two
hundred forty golfers met Eli on our perennial golf
courses – the Whippoorwill Club and Mount Kisco
Country Club – and also joined him for dinner after
the day’s play concluded.
The Sponsor Recognition Reception leading up to the Golf Classic is a powerful
incentive to bolster community support. The exclusive reception at Mulino’s
of Westchester provides sponsors with the opportunity to rub elbows with Eli
and his wife, Abby. We express our gratitude to Mulino’s for generously hosting
The Golf Classic Committee worked tirelessly to ensure two sold-out courses.
They also managed the logistics of the Corcoran Cup – the “Masters” of blind
golf, which is held the Sunday before the sponsor-support event. The fourteen
United States Blind Golfer Association qualifiers managed the bunkers, hazards,
and undulating greens of Mount Kisco Country Club like the champions we
know they are, demonstrating courage, talent, and grace under pressure.
2009 GoLF SPoNSoR LiST
Diamond Entergy Gold Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sidley Austin LLP,
Eukanuba, John Donnelly, Charles Scharf
Presenting The Journal News & LoHud.com
Silver Aero Hardware and Parts, Inc., Avant Business
Platinum The Canine Fence Company,
Services, Citibank, DeVito Builders, DIRECTV,
Kinloch Insurance Services
Dr. Pepper, Emblem, Skanska USA Civil, Inc.,
TBS Shipping, Wilson & Son Jewelers, Paul Holland,
Donald Matthews, Kenneth Nilsen
Thanks to the vision and generosity of a
special friend of Guiding Eyes, in 2009 we
launched a community-based fundraising
program entitled “Donation Dogs.” The
concept is a longstanding tradition of guide
dog schools in Great Britain, Australia, and
New Zealand, but this is the first time the
life-sized, yellow Labrador coin banks have
appeared in the United States.
We place Guiding Eyes Donation Dogs in high
traffic stores throughout Westchester County
and Connecticut. All proceeds support our
Training Center Kennel Enrichment Program.
Guiding Eyes graduate Dick Pomo participates in the Guiding Eyes
Golf Classic; he is one of the country’s best blind golfers.
“For the past ten years I have had the
privilege – along with Sharon, my wife and
coach – to compete in the Corcoran Cup,
sponsored by Guiding Eyes for members of
the United States Blind Golf Association.
Playing the next day in Guiding Eyes’
fundraising scramble is one of the
highlights of our year.
I have a dual relationship with Guiding
Eyes. In 2008, I became a student there,
and a little yellow Lab named Tanya came
into my life. After 26 days of intensive
training and a moving graduation
ceremony, Tanya and I boarded a
plane bound for home in Arizona.
My understanding wife Sharon forgave me
for falling in love with a blonde.
Guiding Eyes has given me more than
a guide dog; it has brought to my life a
partner who will allow me to travel
independently and share a kind of love
that only those who love animals can
understand. For this, I thank you from
the bottom of my heart.
P.S. No, Tanya has not improved my
golf game. In fact, I am told she covers her
eyes when I swing. Hmm…
Arthur L. “Bud” Johnson owned
and adored German Shepherds
his entire life.
He loved dogs and understood the strength and
benefits of the human-animal bond. Caring deeply
about people, too, in 1990 he established The
Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation to
support organizations which provided for the care,
benefit, support and preservation of guide dogs
or other animals trained to assist sight-impaired
or otherwise handicapped individuals. Since his
passing in 1997, trustees continue his good work.
Sally Mode, co-trustee of the Foundation, whose inspiring and palpable across both Guiding Eyes’
family members were life-long friends of Johnson, Training and Canine Centers…whether it’s a quick
said: “It is the Foundation’s desire to be a catalyst hello in a hallway, or a lengthy discussion with a
for change, as such we look to assist organizations department head, one gets the sense that everyone
that are forward thinking, committed and excited has a “can do” attitude. The staff is undeterred
about their work for long-term change. We are by challenges. One never hears “we can’t do it;”
also supportive of collaborations – partnerships instead it’s “how can we do it?”
and sharing that lead to the greater good. It is “There’s not a sense that folks are just doing their
these qualities that attracted us to Guiding Eyes for job. My impression is that staff cares deeply about
the Blind. The school not only shares its genetics, work that brings change to peoples live and
breeding and training methods, breeding colony everyone wants to do their job as best they can.”
and pups with other assistance animal agencies, it
“The professional standards upheld at Guiding Eyes
empowers other schools with knowledge and tools
inspired our confidence and enthusiasm for their
they’ve acquired. Helping people is not contained in
work. We are particularly impressed with their
a small circle; instead it is widespread, far reaching,
forward-thinking attention to detail, follow-up
to better serve so many. Guiding Eyes is clearly the
best example of collaboration, cooperation and
sharing than any other organization we deal with Over the next several months, trustees of the
at the Johnson Foundation.” Foundation are enthusiastically and closely
following the Canine Development Center’s
Ms. Mode visited Guiding Eyes and has observed
new puppy training methods and evaluations,
our work, first-hand, on many occasions spanning
the Center’s renovation plans, and other projects
several years. She consistently remarks about the
shared or in collaboration with other assistance
staff’s tireless dedication and enthusiasm. “It is
Donors Curtis O'Hara Foundation
Robert F. Dall
The Inge Foundation
We salute these special people and organizations for their Lynn R. and John Dillon Knox Family Foundation
support of Guiding Eyes between October 1, 2008 and DIRECTV, Inc. Robert Labriola
Maggie and Theodore Duncan Caryn and James Magid
September 30, 2009. EmblemHealth Services LLC Gail and Peter Malnati
Hank Freeman Manhattan Beer Distributors
Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy in the Janet Hecken E. Manocherian Foundation
following list. However, in compiling such an extensive Heisman Trophy Trust Kathleen W. and Philip McAllister
number of names, omissions and misspellings sometimes The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc. John McIntyre
Marie-France and Rene Kern Charlotte Newton
occur. We thank you for your understanding, and appreciate Faith & James Knight Pepsico
the opportunity to correct our records. Please advise us by Foundation, Inc. Jane Rex
Ralph G. and Wilma J. Robert and Anne Reznick
calling 914-243-4346. Maibaum Foundation Family Foundation
$100,000 and Up The Thomas & Agnes Donald Manocherian Rochester Corvette Club
Carvel Foundation MBIA Foundation The Benjamin M. Rosen
Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Citibank Sarah and Robert Meyerhoff Family Foundation
Foundation, Inc. The Creek Bed Foundation Kenneth Nilsen Sanford and Sally Rosenthal
The Arthur L. & Elaine V. Nancy and John Donnelly Dr. Pepper Peter Scherrer
Johnson Foundation Helen G., Henry F. & Louise T. Donald A. Perry Foundation Beverly Schline
Ruth Keeler Charitable Trust Dornette Foundation The Petco Foundation Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation
The Marble Fund The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Ridge Clearing & Outsourcing Skyline Quilters
The Arthur & Phyllis Milton Foundation, Inc. Solutions, Inc. Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
Foundation Ulla Dydo Gennie and John Roberts TD Bank
Reader's Digest Partners For Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Rohauer Collection Milton Tenenbaum
Sight Foundation The Fain Family Fund of The Foundation, Inc. Charitable Foundation
$50,000 - $99,999 Virginia Beach Foundation Alice Shaver Foundation The Von Damm Family Evergreen
Bannerot-Lappe Foundation The Flatley Foundation Sidley Austin Foundation
Entergy Nuclear Northeast Foundation for Supporters of Skanska Nina W. Werblow Charitable Trust
Wayne and Mary Hockmeyer the Disabled The Helen M. Snyder Xerox Foundation
IBM Employee Services The Gettinger Foundation Foundation, Inc. Anonymous Donors
Norman M. Morris Foundation, Inc. Barbara Gomez Jane Stamper Fund
The Helen G. Hauben Foundation Martha Washington Straus &
$1,000 - $2,499
$25,000 - $49,999 Hieronymus Family Fund, Inc. Harry H. Straus Foundation Helen Adair Foundation of the
Achelis Foundation Emma Clyde Hodge TBS Shipping St. Paul Foundation
Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Memorial Fund Elizabeth and Andrew Ward Advanced Management Systems, Inc.
Inc. Paul Holland Joan Young Joseph Alexander Foundation, Inc.
Suzanne Hatfield James T. Lee Foundation Anonymous Donor Don Allen Foundation, Inc.
The Hatfield Family Foundation The Marcled Foundation The American Kennel Club
Kinloch Holdings, Inc. Ann and Donald Matthews $2,500 - $4,999 Aramark
Laurence W. Levine Foundation Merial Jane Adams and William Joseph Armbrust
Nancy McDonald Sylvan and Ann Oestreicher L. McNulty Gail Ann and Jack Aulthouse
Minnesota Guide Dog Breeding Foundation, Inc. Anchor/Russell Capital Inez Benjamin Foundation
Center, Ltd. P & G Pet Care Advisors, LLC Bernard J. & Charlotte E.
Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc. P.B.O. Fund Bauer Family Foundation, Inc. Blommer Foundation
P & G Fund of The Greater Park Foundation, Inc. Mary Baumgardner The Bloomberg Sisters Foundation
Cincinnati Foundation The Peninsula Charities Ellen Bermel Marjorie Blum
Planet Dog Foundation Foundation II Frank Bisignano Edith C. Blum Foundation, Inc.
The Generoso Pope Foundation Linus Raring The John N. Blackman, Sr. Nicholas Boraski
The Portmann Family Amy and Charles Scharf Foundation Gilberte L. Breslin
Charitable Fund Susan Stearns The Braeside Foundation Marjorie Brooks
Praxair Foundation, Inc. Louise and Michael Stein The Henry W. Bull Foundation Broughton Foundation
Harriet and Andrew Rockefeller Verizon Foundation Mildred and Randy Burke Christopher Brown
SAP Global Marketing, Inc. George Weiss Michael Carlisle Shirley Brownrigg Charitable Trust
The Seth Sprague Educational Kate Stamper Wilhite Charitable CBS Sports & Alice Shaver
and Charitable Foundation Foundation Ted Civetta Carosella Family Foundation
The David P. Tenberg Charitable The Winston Foundation, Inc. The Harry Cobey Foundation Chevron Humankind
Foundation Coca-Cola Citigroup
Anonymous Donors $5,000 - $9,999 Lucy C. and Michael Danziger Citrin Cooperman &
Aero Hardware and Parts Co. Michael Day Company, LLP
$10,000 - $24,999 America's Charities Elaine Ellenbogen Club Fit Jefferson Valley
H. A. & J. W. Alburger The Anschutz Foundation Audrey and Arnold Fisher Con Edison Public Affairs
Charitable Trust Assistance Dog Fund Fraternal Order Of Eagles Ann Cope
Allegheny Foundation Avant Services Corporation Ladies Auxiliary Marshall B. Coyne Foundation
Assent LLC Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Joan P. and Howard Gross Sandra and Bruce Cummings
Stephen & Mary Birch Charitable Trust The Gumbo Foundation Pat Curran
Foundation, Inc. The Sandra Atlas Bass and Edythe Holly Andersen and Wendy N. Zimmermann and
Elizabeth Bryan and Sol Atlas Fund, Inc. Douglas Hirsch Stephen Cutler
Louise and Arde Bulova Fund Michele and Agnese Cestone The Hitachi Foundation Margaret A. Darrin Foundation
Dana and Michael Campbell Foundation, Inc. Hitachi Metals America, Ltd. Robert de Rothschild
The Canine Fence Company Judith M. Collord Mary and Philip Hogan Michael Dean 15
Janet Demuth J & G Schwartz Family Fund Hampton Roads Naval Aviation Westfield Academy and
Richard Dienst The Sloman Foundation, Inc. Memorial Central School
Diggins Mechanical Corp. Alice W. and Joseph Smith Hanover Insurance Group Jan Wheeler
Robert Docters David Sokol IBM Retiree Charitable Campaign WonderFest USA Inc
Howard A. Drescher Foundation Catherine and Thomas International Specialty Chemicals Bonnie Wyatt
Matthew Dunn McC. Souther & Pharmaceutical James Zanfardino
France and Horst Duseberg Southern Wine and Spirits Father Justin Council Knights of Emily Zofnass Fund at The
Eastern Dog Club, Inc. Thomas F. Staley Foundation Columbus #5670 Boston Foundation
The Robert and Gail Edelstein John C. Stryker & Audrey Taylor Susan and Bruce Kaufman Anonymous Donors
Foundation, Inc. Stryker Foundation of the Keane & Beane, P.C.
Essex Savings Bank Renaissance Charitable Killarney House
In Kind Gifts
Leslie B. and Thomas Fine Foundation Charles & Lucille King Family American Media
John J. Flemm Foundation, Inc. Margaretta Taylor Foundation, Inc. Anglebrook Golf Club
Catherine S. and Leslie Foldesi TD Charitable Foundation The Klein Family Foundation, Inc. Kim and George Arco
Fraydun Foundation, Inc. TD Securities (USA) LLC Kneaded Services Inc. Back Avant Services Corporation
Judith Gardiner Myra Votta to Business Benchmark Hospitality
Sue Garland Wal-Mart Foundation Lehigh Valley Oral and International
Jeffrey L. and Mary Giles Westchester Bank Maxillofacial Surgery LLC Jeff Borow
The Glickenhaus Foundation Pauline Wiese Jill and Jonathan Lerner Bradford Renaissance Portraits
The Dorothy G. Griffin Charitable Harriet Wilt K.C. Delfino and Marshall Matt Cantele Tent Rentals, Inc.
Foundation Jill and Peter Wise Levinson Rodolfo Chavez
The Griner Family Foundation The Woman's Club of Towson, Inc. Mary B. and Frank Lyon DIRECTV, Inc.
Sean and Miriam Grogan Betty and Wayne Wyckoff Judith Mandile Amy Dixon
Donna R. and Jeffrey Guy Hope and Simon Ziff Renwick Martin Grand Prix New York
Hallingby Family Foundation Anonymous Donor G. E. Masten Feed Store Peg and Philip Horwitz
John Hamill Jeffrey Mazen The Journal News
Hand Associates, P.C.
$500 - $999 Bryan Meade Jeff Kantra
Carol Hanson Catherine Alan Fund Edward L. Milstein Foundation Gina and Robert Malmgren
Karen and Gary Hediger David Albrecht New Castle County Association Manhattan Beer Distributors
Robert B. and Virginia Jacko Nancy N. and Bernard Anderson Insurance Financial Advisors G. E. Masten Feed Store
Cathy Hull and Neil Janovic Robert Arnold New York Administrative Narnia Farm
Randall Keegan Barbara Bartlett Employees C.W.A Local 1180 New York Football Giants
John and Sandra Kellett Andrew Bartoes Helen Newman Charlotte Newton
Arthur Kelley Benevolent Patriotic Order of Peter Nicholson Photo File
Arthur and Kathleen Kelley Does of the USA Charles and Richard Oestreich SAP Global Marketing, Inc.
Bob Ainley and Kimberly Kelly Arnold & Jeanne Bernstein Fund Foundation, Inc. THE GYM
Kleinow Family Foundation Eric Blattman Patrick and Linda Olson WelchAllyn
Elaine and Gerald Klingman Ellen Blumencranz PBJ Enterprises Charles Wenzelberg
William Lang Edward and Susan Blumenfeld Sheila Pechac Helen West
Douglas Lee Foundation The Pepsi Bottling Group Eugene and Eileen Wolfe
Francis & Gertrude Levett Colette and Mark Booher George Petrow Zachy’s Wine & Liquor
Bovis Lend Lease
Karin E. and Lawrence Rappaport Pathfinder Society
Deborah J. and Frank Levy Robison Oil Co. Ms. Renee Abernathy
Marcia D. and William Levy Pamela L. and Stephen Boy Rolex USA
Joanne Marie Brady Mr. & Mrs. Ronald E. Ahlers
The Martin R. Lewis Charitable Robert Rosania Miss Anne Airel
Foundation Memorial Fund Regina Handel and Neil Rose
The Barbara and Gary Brandt Mrs. Barbara Aldrich
The Thalia and George Liberatos Katherine Rysanek Ms. Nell M. Alger
Foundation Family Foundation Scheuer Associates Foundation, Inc.
Rebecca Breed Mrs. Cynthia Y. (Byron) Allen
Jack R. Linsky Foundation Aaron Schlechter Ms. Judith Aranow
Susan Litwer Burr Elementary School Michael Schmidtberger
Jean B. and John Campbell Mr. Donald Augustin
Frances and David Magee Meryl Schwartz Mrs. Alice T. Baird
Rachel Mellon Ron Carman Roy McLeese and Virginia Seitz
Changing Our World Chris and Linda Ball
MGI Properties Escrow Fund Carson and Karen Shrawder Mr. L. Eddie Ball
Mizzentop Day School Cory Chisholm Tracey Smith
Patricia Clark Dr. and Mrs. E.B. Barber
The Moran Family Foundation Richard Spinney Mr. & Mrs. Stephen W. Barker
Angelina A. and Wayne Morris Margaret E. and Louis Coccodrilli Paul Stabile
Sol Cohn Foundation Mr. & Mrs. George E. Bashaw
Gretchen and Robert Morrison Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Ms. Ruth Bastyr
Marvin and Joy Moser Cooper Industries Company Foundation
Vilma Donnelly Mr. Ray P. Beck
Elizabeth E. Muller Mike Sussman Ms. Gayle Becker
Charitable Trust Liam Duffett Syracuse Lodge 625 Loyal
Suzanne and Arnold Fieldman Betty Bernstein
David & Inez Myers Foundation Order of Moose Gail & Charles Bisgnano
Mark Norris Franklin Lodge No. 110, Dorothy Therman
B.P.O. Elks Ms. Linda Blakely
Martha and Curtiss Paye Carol Tomerlin Ms. Janice Blanton
Pender Pet Caring Foundation Emily and Gerald Gardner C. Totebusch
Peter Eisemann and Susan Gardner Ms. Ruth E. Bodbyl
Alyson Perry Stephen Ucko Mr. & Mrs. Nathan J. Bolognini
Delcour S. Potter Nancy and James Gelardi Uniformed Fire Officers Association
Gill Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Warren J. Boo
Mary Ellen and Barry Pratt Randa Utter Ms. Ardis Bourland
Ada and Helen Rank Foundation Girl Scout Troop 1716 Jean VanWinkle
GivingExpress Program from Marion I. Brandjes
Margaret S. Rice and Henry Hart Nancy and Robert Vignola Ann D. Broekhuizen
Rice Foundation American Express Ross Weale
Warren Glick Mr. Walter A. Bunton
Doug Sacks West Frederick Vet Hospital - Ellen M. Camner
Sand Dollar Foundation Douglas and Kimberlee Goldsmith Sayler, LLC
Helaine Gould Sylvia F. Camner
Western Reserve Kennel Club, Inc.
Mrs. Marion E. Carpenter Barbara Karpischek Ms. Florence Sakely Green Valley Lions Club
Linda M. Cartwright Barbara Kautz Patricia Salisbury Greenpoint Lions Club
Alma Catsman Michael & Arlene Kelly David & Betsy Sandstrom Foundation Inc.
Ruth Chase Patty Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Richard Schmidt Guilderland Lions Club
Sylvia L. Clementson Roger K. Krott Richard H. Schwartz Hadley Luzerne Lioness Club
Frances Clouse Kenneth Laban Sandra M. Simpson Hadley-Luzerne Lions Club
Florence Colby Mrs. Shirley A. Laird Linda Slavin Hampden Lions Club
Mrs. John Coleman Jane Landenberger Mr. & Mrs. William I. Small Hampton Lions Club
Mrs. Pearl A. Conner Mr. Marvin P. Langanki Mrs. Carol P. Spisak Harrison Lions Club
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cote Ms. Jacqueline Lanning Mark F. Spisak Life Insurance Hendrick Hudson Lions Club
Mrs. Deidre H. Crofton Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lazard Trust Herkimer Lions Club
Mrs. Patricia Curran Mrs. Elizabeth Lehman Mrs. Kate A. Springs Jericho Brookville Lions Club
Maria Curreri Ms. Beatrice Lemlein Bill & Jeanne St. Clair Lake Placid Lions Club
Mrs. Armand D. Daigle Elsie Levdar Norbert Stegemann Liberty Lions Club
Mr. Paul W. Dalton Christine B. Lewis Mr. Lee Stickell Lioness Club of Catskill
Eileen M. Curtin John D’Ambra Mary Adams Loomba Walter Strauss Lions Club of Kenmore
Ms. Barbara Jane Davis Mr. & Mrs. John Luicci Mr. James E. Studdiford Lions Club of Mount Vernon
Ms. P. Kay Davies Peggy Nance Lyle Mrs. Martha Sweeney Lions Club of Wilson
Ellen Davis Ms. Trudy MacGregor Ms. Marylou Tripolino Lions Club of Yonkers NY, Inc.
Linda Deeter Ms. Arlene MacQuown Ms. Darlene J. Turner Lions District 20-N
Karen Delisle Mrs. Lenore T. Mahowald Charlotte L. Vernon Lions District 20 R-1 Charities
Mr. Michael DellaRipa Marsha Maksymiw Mary Beth Waldoch Long Island Portuguese Lions Club
Mrs. M.J. Donnelly Mr. Kurt Malison J. Rachelle Walker Mahopac Lions Club
Jeanne K. Dregalla Michael Mallies Mr. & Mrs. Edward Warsow Middletown Lions Club
Ms. Patricia Driscoll Mrs. Dwight (Ursula) Mamlok Mr. & Mrs. Kurt O. Wasson Monsey Lions Club
Joyce and Clifford Egeberg Miranda H. Markart Ellis C. Waxham Mt. Kisco Lions Club
Ms. Dianne M. Ende Laura Markowitz Mr. & Mrs. Michael Welt Nanuet Lions Club
Bob and Ruth Escher Caroline Marr Jim & Bobbie White New Rochelle Lions Club, Inc.
Mrs. Richard Ferchaud Mrs. Rowland J. Maslin Natalie J. Wiggins New York Golden Heart Lions Club
Carmen Figueroa Lee Mathers Helen C. Wilson New York Hunts Point Lions Club
Ms. Sally J. Fisher Barbara and Phillip Mathiews Mr. Charley H. Wise Nine Partners Lions Club
Ethan Flint Shirley Matthai Mr. Fred Wolter North Rockland Lions Club
Mrs. Marydel C. Flint Mr. & Mrs. Charles McNutt Ginny A. Wright North Rose Lions Club
Mrs. Suzanne Ford Mr. John V. Meeks Ms. Louise B. Wulff Northern Columbia Lions Club
Rita O’Brien Sims Franklin Mrs. Marcia Meracle Armen Yolian Northville-Sacandaga Lions Club
Ms. Irma Freudenreich Ed & Ruby Mertz Joy Young Olcott Lions Club
Ms. Dona Friedman, BSN Mr. Larry Meyers Lynn Young Ossining Lions Club
Ms. Lois F. Gaelen Ms. Patricia A. Morey Alice M. Zittel Ovid-Willard Lioins Club
Mrs. Rose Galdenzi James P. Murphy Oyster Bay Lions Club
Minnie Cobey Gallman Suzanna Erin Murphy & Brian
Lions Clubs Palmyra-Macedon (Pal-Mac)
Ms. Margaret Gardner Sowers Albany and Troy Lions Club Lions Club
Robert Garland Karen Naja Alfred Lions Club Inc. Pleasant Valley Lions Club, Inc.
Dr. Joel Gavriele -Gold Marie Nee Apalachin Lions Club, Inc. Pleasantville Lions Club
Franklin Duke Gillespie Skippy Newberry Avon Lions Club Pound Ridge Lions Club
Miss Virginia Giovinco Charlotte Prescott Newton Baldwinsvillle Lions Club Putnam Valley Lions Club
Ms. Mary V. Gloss Ms. Viola Nisbet Ballston Spa Lions Club Rhinebeck Lions Club
Dr. Joel Robert Gavriele- Gold Laura Oftedahl Bedford Village Lions Club River Towns Lions Club
Ms. Mara Gold Bob Oldham Bethel Lions Club, Inc. Rockville Center Lions Club
Joyce Golden Catherine Oszlanyi Blauvelt Lions Charities, Inc. Saddle Valley River Lions Club
Mr. & Mrs. James Goldman Mrs. Margaret Osterhoudt Brandermill Midlothian Woodlake Saugerties Lions Clubs
Mrs. Patricia Gordon Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Ott Lions Club Solvay-Geddes-Camillus Lions Club
Marsha Graves Mrs. Katherine T. Penney The Bronx Lions Club Somers Lions Club
Christine Grimwood Ms. Arleen Peterson The Brookfield Lions Charities, Inc. South Shore Lions Club
Margaret M. Grookett Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Peterson Brooklyn Bay Ridge Lions Club, Inc. Stony Point Lions Club
Ms. Connie M. Gulvas Mr. Edgar L. Pfarre Brooklyn Caribe Lions Club Suffern Lions Club
Mrs. Natalie Hall William and Cheryl Pitz Carmel-Kent Lions Club Town of Hoosick Lions Club
Mr. John Hammel Isabella Daigle Powell Catskill Lions Club Town of Ulster Lions Club
Dr. & Mrs. Michael E. Hanyak, Jr Drs. James & Eva Powers Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club Town of Wright/Schoharie Valley
Miss Carole J. Higgins Mr. & Mrs. Angelo J. & Ellen Chittenango Lions Club Lions Club
Ms. Sally W. Higgins Purcigliotti Churchville Lions Club Tri-Valley Lions Club
Fae L. Hoffman Francis Rasmus Jr. Clarence Lions Club Tuckahoe Eastchester Lions
Mrs. Flo Hollenbaugh Donna Raven Cohocton Lions Club Valhalla Lions Club
Betty L. Holloway Patricia Reich Cold Spring Lions Club Washington Heights Inwood
Mrs. Marie Horhota Mr. & Mrs. William M. Rice Cornwall Lions Club, Inc. Lions Club
Mrs. Gail A. Hummer Gordon & Susan Richardson Dansville Lions Club Yorktown Lions Club
Mr. & Mrs. Moreland Irby, Jr. Mrs. William Ripple District 20-O Lions Club, Inc.
R.H. Isaacson Mrs. Thelma Rosenblum East Aurora Lions Club
Jewell Jacobsen Ms. Edith Rosenfield Essex Junction Lions Club Plus the 250,000 generous
Ms. Mary Janvrin Mr. Betrand Rossignol Franklin Square Lions Club individuals who support
Mr. & Mrs. Paul C. Johnson Mr. Leo E. Roy Fulton Lions Club Guiding Eyes through our
Ms. Michelle Johnston Elizabeth Ruck Germantown Lions Club direct marketing program.
Dr. Myra Kaplan Terry & Carolyn Ryan Gloversville Lions Auxiliary
Goshen Lions Club
Statement of Activities
PUBLIC SUPPORT UNRESTRICTED RESTRICTED RESTRICTED TOTAL
Contributions $9,551,275 $1,198,235 $ 282,710 $11032,220
Planned Giving 3,794,004 3,794,004
Other Income 321,801 321,801
Net Assets Released From Restrictions 1,244,111 (1,244,111) -
Total Public Support $14,911,191 $ (45,876) $ 282,710 $15,148,025
Student Instruction & Dog Training $ 5,180,334 $ 5,180,334
Student Services 1,071,964 1,071,964
Veterinary Hospital 2,002,291 2,002,291
Canine Development Center 3,659,565 3,659,565
Facility & Food Service 1,789,012 1,789,012
Enrichment 1,576,082 1,576,082
Total Program Services $15,279,248 $15,279,248
Management & General $ 1,598,257 $ 1,598,257
Fundraising 2,753,830 2,753,830
Total Supporting Services 4,352,087 4,352,087
TOTAL EXPENSES $19,631,335 $ 19,631,335
Excess of public support over (under) expenses $ (4,720,144) $ (45,876) $ 282,710 $ (4,483,310)
Investment Income (net) (152,608) (9,690) (162,298)
Other Net Asset Adjustments (3,469,169) (3,469,169)
Net Assets, Beginning of Year $50,141,957 $2,255,748 $5,075,686 $ 57,473,391
NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR $41,800,036 $2,209,872 $5,348,706 $ 49,358,614
Statement of Financial Position
ASSETS UNRESTRICTED RESTRICTED RESTRICTED TOTAL
Cash and Cash Equivalents $11,557,648 $11,557,648
Investments 25,260,842 $2,209,872 $5,348,706 32,819,420
Contributions Receivable 741,921 741,921
Land, Buildings and Equipment, net 16,775,799 16,775,799
Other Assets 940,641 940,641
Total Assets $55,276,851 $2,209,872 $5,348,706 $62,835,429
LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS
Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses $ 909,363 $ 909,363
Accrued Pension Obligation $ 5,131,023 $ 5,131,023
Bonds Payable 5,920,000 5,920,000
Gift Annuity and Other Reserves 1,516,429 1,516,429
Net Assets 41,800,036 2,209,872 5,348,706 49,358,614
Total Liabilities and Net Assets $55,276,851 $2,209,872 $5,348,706 $ 62,835,429
FY09 FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES
Administrative Other Planned Giving
FY09 PUBLIC SUPPORT
8% Fundraising 2% 25%
In 2009, we faced unprecedented challenges, yet we creatively and proactively managed them so
that there was no reduction in the number and quality of life-enhancing services we provide.
In fact, during 2009 we continued our forward-thinking work in several strategic areas. This
Annual Report not only presents the accomplishments of the past year, but also provides you with
a glimpse of what the future holds for Guiding Eyes.
The staff ’s initiatives, demonstrably supported by the Board of Directors,
resulted in progress and significant success in several areas:
• Canine Development Center – Over three years of research has resulted
in the creation of a new puppy training program, and in a design and
renovation project which will produce a unique breeding and puppy
• Veterinary MRI – In 2009, Guiding Eyes became the first guide dog school
in the world to own a veterinary MRI machine, which offers us new
opportunities to safeguard our dogs’ health;
• Heeling Autism – Our 2008 pilot program in which we train our dogs to
provide safety for children with autism has yielded wonderful results. The
program has become an important component in the lives of these children
and their families.
• Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired – Of course, we continue to dedicate
ourselves to providing the blind and visually impaired with the best guide
dogs in the world. Our dogs-in-training are benefiting from an expanded
kennel enrichment program, which helps them to perform at their best
during guide dog instruction.
None of this would be possible without your support, for which we thank you
William D. Badger Donald J. Matthews
President and Chief Executive Officer Chairman, Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Donald J. Matthews, Chairman
Curt J. Landtroop, Vice Chair/Treasurer
Mary J. Conway, Vice Chair
Robert F. Dall
Wendy S. David
John L. Donnelly
Thomas McC. Souther
William D. Badger
President and Chief Executive Officer
Vice President for Marketing and Development
Director of Human Resources
Director of Direct Marketing
Senior Director, Canine
Jody Sandler, DVM
Director of Veterinary Services
Director of Information Technology
Director of Training and Admissions
For over 50 years,
Guiding Eyes has provided these outstanding services to the blind and visually impaired at no charge.
Thank you for your continued support.
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