Leader Dogs for the Blind
Update - Issue 1, 2011
Keeping our Focus on Our Clients
Leader Dog has changed a lot over the past 70+ years. As an
organization we're more sophisticated today than we were even
10 years ago. This sophistication comes with added complexities
such as larger facilities and their maintenance, more employees
and the need for a strategic plan that causes us to keep improving
and moving forward. Throughout the years and growth, it would
have been easy to lose our focus, to forget that our mission is to
enhance the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired.
But we didn't lose our focus or forget our mission; we just got
better at clarifying it.
Our ability to focus on our clients and identify their needs has
led us to develop new, innovative programs; one being our
Accelerated Mobility Program which we developed in the mid-90’s
to teach orientation and mobility (O&M) skills to potential guide
dog clients [see pages 6-9].
More recently, we kept focused on our clients during our two-
year strategic planning process. Throughout the development of
the plan we asked ourselves, “Is the way we do it now best for our
clients?” Honestly, there were times when the answer was “no.”
So we stopped, looked at our processes, and made needed
changes that allowed us to answer “yes, this is best for our
clients.” Some of the outcomes from our strategic planning
initiative are included in “A Recap of 2010” located on page
But this is an ongoing process. As we implement our strategic
plan over the next several years, changes will be made to our
processes and programs as we keep our clients, both current and
potential, in mind. We have identified shortcomings in the way
people who are blind and visually impaired receive services, both
in the United States and around the world. One segment that has
room for big improvements is the area of new technology – we
will address this in 2011. Stay tuned to future issues of Update for
Everyone at Leader Dog moves into 2011 motivated and
excited about the future of our organization. We will continue to
share with you our direction for Leader Dog and how our key
strategies and innovations will enhance the lives of our clients.
Traveling Together – Side by Side
In the days prior to receiving his first Leader Dog, Fernie, Tom
Moritz admits to feelings of anxiousness, uncertainty and
inadequacy. After just six months of working together, his fears
have faded away and the team has become well-seasoned
Tom Moritz travels quite a bit for his job as a medical
research biostatistician. Trains, airports, hotels and restaurants
are very much a part of his life. Luckily, Leader Dog Fernie has
quickly proven herself to be a polite, competent traveler.
“When we fly,” says Tom, “if we enter the plane first, Fernie
feels obligated to greet every passenger as they pass by our seat.
She sits politely with her tail wagging waiting for a comment
regarding how beautiful she is and for a pat on the head. If we
enter the plane last, she just lies down and goes to sleep as soon
as I take my seat.”
Fernie’s good behavior does not go unnoticed. Once, in an
upscale restaurant, her politeness earned her a silver tray of ice
cubes. Yet another time when Tom attended a Great Leaders
Training meeting, Fernie was acknowledged during a strength-
finding exercise. “During the final session, the presenters gave
Fernie an ID badge that included her top five strengths,” Tom
recalls proudly. They were: 1. Includer: Being accepting of others;
2. WOO (Winning Others Over): Loving the challenge of meeting
new people and winning them over; 3. Adaptability: Going with
the flow and taking life one day at a time; 4. Empathy: Sensing
the feelings of others; 5. Responsibility: Being committed to
stable values such as loyalty.
To date, Tom and Fernie have traveled to Washington DC,
Boston, Milwaukee and Omaha. “When we went to Omaha,”
Tom admits, “we walked over a pedestrian bridge to Iowa—just so
Fernie could say she’d been there too.”
Letters from our Alumni
Dear Leader Dog,
We are having such a happy life together and have become a
team. Danae and I do so well together.
Jessica [my Leader Dog instructor] did a great job teaching us
and giving us a life of joy and independence. All of you who work
there have certainly touched my life, even if you were in the
background doing what you are supposed to be doing. Be proud of
who you are and what you are doing.
Bobbie Poling and Leader Dog Danae
Dear Leader Dog,
I want to share with you an adventure that Scout and I had last
week. I went on my usual retreat in the mountains at St.
Benedict’s Monastery. Scout actually went right to the same room
that we have spent our time in the last three years—pretty cool,
eh? He remembered the trail to the Monastery, which was no easy
We recently practiced the route for getting to my classes for
Micro Window Eyes Training in Littleton. This is south of Denver,
so I need to take a combination of buses and light rail. One
practice trip was all it took [for Scout to learn the route]. I was so
nervous, but I have learned to follow him - unless he stops to
smell the flowers. He did great!
There are five people with guide dogs in my class. Scout was
the best behaved inside the classroom. I was really proud of my
We have certainly come a long way.
Daniel Sweeney and Leader Dog Scout
Dear Leader Dog,
I was reading your newsletter and loved the story about the
teacher and her guide dog making such a difference with her
students [Issue 3 – 2010]. I have a cool story about Jake, who
also works in a school.
There was a kid yesterday who gets upset easily in the middle
school. He's still very young and has some learning challenges. He
loves Jake and earns special time with us if he behaves and acts
his age. I was coming down the hall and he was banging lockers. I
said, "Oh, you're scaring Jake. You don't want to upset him, do
you?" This boy ran over, buried his head in Jake's neck and
sobbed all over him. Jake just licked him and even though Jake
was in harness, we didn't care. I said, “Great job! You are doing
the right thing. Now, we're going to call this a tiny
disappointment, and you're going to go back to class and sit in an
empty seat and be like all the other sixth graders, right?" He
mumbled, “Right.” I reminded him that if he could do that, he
could have lunch with Jake and I, and that's all it took. I feel
schools need to hire service animals just to calm the kids down.
These dogs typically end up doing far more then guiding. I
know between the two of us, Jake probably does more social work
than I do. I’m a social worker in five schools; three elementary,
one middle school and one high school. No matter the age of the
student, Jake can always break through to them, every single
Jake and I thank Leader Dog for all the great work they do.
Geri Taeckens and Leader Dog Jake
Dear Leader Dog,
Hope likes to go everywhere with me. She goes to my work,
shopping and on long walks. When I went to the store recently
with Hope, the man working hollered at me to “get out” because
of my guide dog. I showed him my Leader Dog ID card, but the
man kept on telling me to “get out.” A woman in the store saw us
and called 911. When the police arrived, they spoke to the man
working at the store. One of the policemen told me to go ahead
and buy what I needed. I thanked the policeman and have not
had any problems since.
Susan Smith and Leader Dog Hope
Liberating Canes By Peggy O’Dell – Guest Writer
When Marisa Postlewate arrived for her stay on Leader Dog’s
campus, she felt the same mix of excitement and nerves that
clients often feel. Unlike most clients, she did not leave with a new
canine companion but with a new set of skills that would greatly
enhance her life.
Marisa had come to Leader Dog to take part in the
Accelerated Mobility Program (AMP). AMP is an intensive seven-
day course that teaches the orientation and mobility (O&M) skills
needed to travel independently with a cane. Taught by certified
O&M instructors, the one client to one instructor ratio and the
condensed format of the course allows clients to learn in a week
what could take several months with conventional training.
For years, Marisa had two canes buried in the back of her
closet gathering dust. She knew that as her Retinitis Pigmentosa
(RP) progressed, she would eventually need more than just her
husband’s arm to help her get around, but her attempts to find
training close to home were unsuccessful. “I left my name and
number with several organizations,” said the retired University of
Texas at Arlington professor, “but if you’re not working, they don’t
make an effort to train you. No one called me back.”
Eventually, Marisa reached out to her online RP support group
for help. It was there that she met two Leader Dog graduates,
Mary Dignan and Megan McHugh. “Mary and Megan both had
dogs, but they knew that Leader Dog offered O&M training as
well,” she said. Marisa applied for the program and was thrilled
when she was approved for training.
Marisa found the training to be challenging from the start. For
eight hours a day, she practiced using a cane in a wide variety of
settings. Training began indoors, where she tackled one of her
biggest fears: the stairs. “I was always so afraid of falling, but
now I feel very comfortable using the cane on stairs,” she said.
Marisa and her instructor also ventured out to a grocery
store, a coffee shop and a large, crowded shopping mall. “We
worked on the moving sidewalks and escalators, which are always
tricky because people with RP, even if they have some sight left,
have trouble with depth perception,” she said.
When the training moved outdoors, she traveled to different
locations that would expose her to a variety of terrains. She
practiced on dirt and gravel roads, sidewalks, curbs without
sidewalks and even crossed railroad tracks. At one point, she was
blindfolded and had to orient herself by listening to the flow of
traffic. This was particularly challenging for Marisa because in
addition to being legally blind, she also suffers from moderate
hearing loss. “Being able to orient myself this way will give me
much more confidence traveling at night,” she said. “When you
have night blindness, you become like Cinderella and run home
when it gets dark outside.”
In the midst of her training, Marisa even had a chance to
work with a guide dog for the first time. She spent an hour
walking with Leader Dog-in-training Sophie and was amazed to
see what a well-trained guide dog can do. “It was a great
experience, and I know that when the time comes, I will definitely
go back to Leader Dog to get a dog,” she said.
But for now, Marisa is happy to have returned to her Texas
home with her new set of skills. “I feel much more confident now
because I know that I can use the cane to help me find those
curbs, get around in crowds and travel with more ease at night
and in low lighting,” said Marisa.
Her canes have finally been liberated from the closet, the dust
blown off, and she confidently takes one with her wherever she
Orientation and Mobility Training
Where Am I and How Do I Get Where I Need to Go?
“After years of slowly losing my vision due to retinitis pigmentosa,
I finally got to the point where I needed some cane training. I
looked for resources, but didn’t find anything available until I
learned about Leader Dog. Leader Dog’s orientation and mobility
program taught me how to travel independently with a cane and
how to survive. I felt very empowered when I came home after
completing training.” - Susan Calhoun of Oxford, Georgia
For Susan, and millions of other people who have lost their
sight, getting a guide dog was not the first step in regaining her
ability to travel independently. The first step was to learn how to
use a white cane and how to understand where she is in the
environment— she needed orientation and mobility skills.
What is Orientation and Mobility (O&M)?
Every time you leave your home, whether you are blind or
sighted, you use orientation and mobility skills to get where you
need to go.
Orientation is knowing where you are in your environment
and how to get back on track if you get lost. When you are
visually impaired, you lose the ability to maintain your orientation
by using visual signs and landmarks. You must be taught how to
use common patterns in society like how grass often appears
between the sidewalk and a street, and how traffic sounds will be
on your right or left side as you travel down a sidewalk, to
maintain your orientation.
Mobility is the ability to physically get to where you need to
go. Often, travel aids are used such as a car or bike. For a person
who is blind, travel aids usually consist of a white cane or a guide
Leader Dog’s accelerated mobility program (AMP), like all
O&M courses, has the ultimate goal of teaching a person how to
travel safely and independently with a white cane.
Why Use a White Cane?
One important function of a white cane is to identify the person
using it as being visually impaired. This is helpful when the person
is crossing the street or needs to ask for assistance. Cane users
receive tactile feedback about their immediate surroundings
through the cane. When their cane touches a soft surface the user
may interpret that they are near grass, or if the cane contacts a
hard surface, the user may interpret that they are next to a wall.
People using a cane can quickly identify elevation changes
such as curbs and stairs as well as obstructions like fire hydrants
and benches in their travel path. These obstacles can help them
determine their location on a street or in a building.
Cane Before Leader Dog
Developing excellent O&M skills and being able to use a cane to
travel independently are prerequisites to getting a Leader Dog.
Because people often walk much faster with a guide dog and
because they do not receive the tactile feedback that a cane
provides, they can also get lost faster if they lack good orientation
Leader Dog was motivated to develop our accelerated
mobility program because many of our potential guide dog clients
lacked the required O&M skills. In order to prepare these people
for guide dog training, we decided to teach them the skills needed
to succeed. To date, over 200 people have completed our O&M
program with over 50% of them returning to Leader Dog to train
with a guide dog.
History of Orientation and Mobility at Leader Dog
“It was all about getting people to move.” – Rod Haneline, Chief
1991: Rod Haneline, an experienced Leader Dog instructor, took
classes at Western Michigan University and received his Master’s
Degree in Orientation & Mobility
Early 90's: Accelerated Mobility Program (AMP) designed to
condense training time and focus on: awareness of the
environment, awareness of traffic, and increasing travel speed
1995—96: First Accelerated Mobility Program clients receive O&M
2002: First AMP class designed with the dual purpose of training
AMP clients and university students studying to be O&M
Mrs. Adeline M. Ward
Continuing to Honor Her Husband
John Ward learned about Leader Dogs for the Blind as an active
member of his local Lions Club. The club donated to Leader Dog
and in 1971, John and his wife, Adeline, became donors too.
After John’s death, Mrs. Ward continues to support John’s favorite
charity: Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Mrs. Ward has become a staunch Leader Dog supporter. She
says she is happy if just one person gains independence from her
donations. She feels all the programs—guide dog, pedestrian GPS
and orientation and mobility—are extremely worthwhile. She loves
keeping in touch with the happenings of Leader Dog by reading
Update when it arrives in her mailbox.
At 86, Mrs. Ward is very independent and active. She lives
alone and does all her own yard work (on the day we spoke to her
for this article, she was raking her leaves). Until two years ago,
when her daughter Becky passed away, Mrs. Ward and Becky ran
the family farm together. Mrs. Ward would drive the tractor while
Once while she was reflecting on her life, Mrs. Ward realized
that much of the independence she enjoys is based on the fact
that she still has her vision. This realization makes her support of
Leader Dog even more satisfying, knowing that she can help other
people maintain their independence throughout their lifetimes.
Mrs. Ward says that her giving is from the heart. To ensure
that the legacy of her husband John and daughter Becky lives on,
she has included Leader Dog in her estate plans. She hopes that
she can motivate others to give, or give a little more, to Leader
A Leader Dog Graduate Giving Back
Many of the people who come to Leader Dog to receive a guide
dog end up as donors and supporters. That is the case for Shawna
Carothers, a 2009 graduate.
Shawna Carothers believes that raising money for Leader Dog
is a natural fit for her. “They helped me by giving me wonderful
guide dog, Ellie, who is my best friend. She is worth more than
any amount of money, but, of course, Leader Dog needs money to
be able to provide these wonderful dogs. This is why it is
important for others to get out there and make donations and
Shawna enlisted the help of BraVo! (which stands for Building
Relationships and Volunteer Opportunities), a group of individuals
with disabilities that works together to give back to the
community. Each quarter, BraVo! selects a different charity to
To raise money for Leader Dog, BraVo! hosted a pulled pork
luncheon at United Disability Services in Akron, Ohio. To bring in
the “dog” aspect of Leader Dog, the group also sold homemade
We would like to thank Shawna and BraVo! for their support.
You are invited to join the Leader Dogs for the Blind
This prestigious society has been established to recognize donors
who have included Leader Dogs for the Blind in their financial or
You can join our Legacy Society by naming Leader
Dogs for the Blind:
• In your will or trust.
• As a remainder beneficiary of an account, such as an IRA or
other retirement plan.
• As a beneficiary on a life insurance policy.
• As a remainder beneficiary on a charitable gift annuity or trust
that pays you (and/or another) an income during your lifetime(s).
• As lead beneficiary on a charitable lead trust.
Donors who join this prestigious society before June 30, 2011
will hold the special title of Founding Member of the Legacy
Society. Whether you join the Society or remain anonymous, your
future gift will help to ensure that Leader Dog will be able to
continue to provide increased independence to people that are
blind or Deaf-blind. We look forward to hearing from you.
Kim Cross, CFRE, director of national major and planned gifts
Direct Dial: 248-659-5040
Roberta Trzos, CFRE, director of personal giving
Direct Dial: 248-659-5014
Creating a provision for Leader Dogs for the Blind in your estate
plans is a true partnership.
New Legacy Society Founding Members
*New Founding Members as of November 2010
John and Hazel Banks Family Trust
Brad and Sandra Bowers
Helen Elou and Albert Bushnell*
Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Carpenter*
Elizabeth and Rick Cornell*
Kim and Terry Cross
Margaret Ann Dimond*
Barbara and Lon Grossman
Dee and Bill Hancock
Mark & Judy Harris
Gust Headbloom (Gift in Honor of)*
Fred and Katie Hershey
Mark and Connie Lentz
Donna M. Lieberman
Jeanne D. and Robert C. Meyer
Lynda Ann Peringian*
Ginger K. and Glenn R. Rossow
Charles and Mary Schwab
John Simek and Honey Girls*
Walter J. Szymanski and Barbara A. Szymanski
Gary A. White Family*
Louise and Nathan Wyman
“Leader Dog Tarbah and I are bonding as if we were meant to be
together. She has helped me get around with much less effort and
anxiety! I never realized that would be possible. Tarbah is my new
best friend and companion who is also dedicated to being my eyes
for me. God bless you all for giving us this opportunity at a second
chance of becoming independent and confident.”
Brittany Sikorski and her 1st Leader Dog, Tarbah
A Recap of 2010
Or, What Have We Been Doing for the Past 12 Months?
Over the past year, the team at Leader Dog has implemented
some new programs and improved procedures—all while staying
within our budget. Call it bragging, but we want you to know
some of what we have accomplished this past year.
• We reduced our client to instructor ratio from 6 clients per
instructor to 4.5 clients per instructor. This allows for more
personalized instruction, which helps both the client and their
Leader Dog build stronger skills while on campus.
• We implemented more rigorous training standards for our dogs.
Dogs are now required to learn a nonnegotiable set of skills during
each of the four phases of training. The outcome is that every dog
is better prepared for training with a client than ever before.
• We included more Leader Dog clients on our board of trustees
and consumer services program committee that provides guidance
on current procedures and potential program changes. We now
have a better understanding of how our clients may be positively
or negatively affected by changes early in the planning process.
• We increased the ability of our clients to access needed
information and applications online and in audio format. This
allows us to communicate more efficiently and effectively in the
manner that works best for each client.
• We added a downtown Detroit staging facility in the Compuware
Corporation building. This donated space gives our clients,
instructors and dogs a place to gather when training in the urban
In 2010, we:
• trained 167 guide dog teams
• trained 4 Deaf-blind guide dog teams
• trained 30 accelerated mobility clients
• hosted 12 kids at summer camp
• visited 243 clients in their homes
• completed 251 potential client in-home visits
The veterinary department completed:
• 421 dog spay/neuters
• 35 major surgeries
• 445 entry/training exams
• 37 specialized dental procedures
• 2,484 client telephone consultations
• 52 onsite working Leader Dog exams
• 1,028 breeding/puppy program exams
• 1,269 procedures done under anesthesia
• 790 well-puppy visits
A Short Interview with Our New Chairman
Paul Teranes, Leader Dog Chairman of the Board
When Paul Teranes was installed as the chair for Leader Dog’s
board of trustees, he came with a different perspective from all
past chairmen. He entered the position not only as a long-time
board member but as a long-time Leader Dog client.
Q: How have you seen Leader Dog change over the past 52
A: The complexity has completely changed since 1958. Then, we
had only twelve people and two instructors in a class. The original
farmhouse had a cinderblock attachment for dorm rooms.
Administration was a one- to two-man operation, and now there’s
a whole staff with people as CEO, CFO, COO.
As far as the training staff is concerned—the original trainers
did not include any women and most of them were former military
people who were dog trainers in the army. There was a military
approach to training; now there’s a more people-oriented
approach since trainers deal more with people than with dogs.
Q: Do you feel that your experiences as a Leader Dog client will
benefit you in the position of board chairman?
A: Yes. I think it will be a benefit because I know what it is like to
be a client and go through the program. I know what the training
involves. I’ve experienced what the operation is all about, having
stayed in the residence many times and worked with the trainers.
Q: Do you have a favorite Leader Dog story?
A: When you use a Leader Dog, people actually forget that you
are blind since you can get around as well as everyone else. On
more than one occasion, I was leaving the courthouse [Teranes is
a retired circuit court judge] with attorneys that had known me for
years when they’d ask, “Where is your car parked?” I’d tell them
that I took the bus. After a pause they’d quietly answer, “Oh
Q: What do you envision for the future of Leader Dog?
A: Right now the whole future of Leader Dog is getting into a
program of setting standards for the dogs and the clients—world
class is hard to measure without standards. I envision that the
product will be better because we are setting and adhering to
these new standards.
I have a wish for Leader Dog—to have a strong foundation so
there are no concerns about funds to maintain the operations and
to have sufficient funding to carry all our programs into the future.
Stay Connected With Us
Do you enjoy learning more about Leader Dog? If so, here are a
few ways you can stay connected with us on a daily, weekly or
Find us on Facebook – Join us on Facebook by searching “Leader
Dogs for the Blind non-profit organization” (capitalization counts)
Sign up at leaderdog.org to receive email updates on happenings
at Leader Dog.
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Donate online 24/7 at community.leaderdog.org/donatenow
Leader Dogs are Stars at Pet Supplies “Plus”
Though pets are always #1 at Pet Supplies “Plus,” throughout the
2010 holiday season they gave future and current Leader Dogs a
little boost above the rest. During this time, more than 120 Pet
Supplies “Plus” stores in 15 states joined in the Leading Stars
fundraising campaign benefiting Leader Dogs for the Blind.
During the campaign, shoppers could make a donation upon
checkout and display a Puppy Pledge card with their names in the
store. To celebrate and promote the campaign, 50 Leader Dog
volunteers, graduates and Lions Club members visited Pet
Supplies “Plus” stores in eight states to give customers the chance
to meet a future or working Leader Dog and to learn more about
We would like to thank Pet Supplies “Plus,” their customers
and our volunteers and graduates who helped raise over $30,000
through the Leading Stars campaign.
A Little Event Brings Big Success
Lions of District 25-A
Sometimes small events, fueled with ingenuity, can bring about
big outcomes. This is true for the dinner dance that the Lions of
District 25-A (Northwest Indiana) planned in 2009. With an initial
goal of raising $2,500 for Leader Dog, the planning of a simple
dinner dance grew to include beer and wine tastings, raffles and
silent and live auctions. In the end, the event raised $6,700—well
over twice the original goal!
The event’s success is due to the hard work of Lions Leader
Dog Chair Chuck De Las Casas and a small team of volunteers.
Several of the ways they raised money included:
• Selling $50 and $100 sponsorship opportunities
• Coaxing auction item and service donations from local
• Selling over 220 dinner tickets at $20 each
• Assembling all 50 auction baskets
• Getting the event space donated
• Negotiating with a caterer for special pricing
• Convincing the beer and wine provider to
donate part of its proceeds back to the event
With a first-year success story like theirs, it is no surprise that
the group decided to make the dinner dance an annual event. In
2010, they raised $7,800 for Leader Dog and planning has already
started for 2011.
Leader Dogs for the Blind would like to thank the Lions of
District 25-A for their gifts of time, effort and money to Leader
Dog and for increasing awareness of Leader Dog and the Lions
Clubs in their local community.
Become a Dream Maker
Dreams are as varied as the people who have them. Your dream
may be to secure your income for life and decrease your next tax
bill. Or it may be to help make someone else’s dream of receiving
a Leader Dog a reality. A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is a great
way to meet all these dreams with just one transaction.
Investing in a Leader Dog CGA allows you to exchange a gift
of cash or securities for a fixed yearly income for your lifetime (or
for the lives of two people). Other benefits are:
- A tax deduction
- A portion of the payout is tax-free
- Capital gains tax savings for stock or security donations
- Unlimited amounts of personal satisfaction
Current one-life interest rates (as of December 2010)
Age 59-61: Rate 5.2%
Age 65-66: Rate 5.5%
Age 71: Rate 5.9%
Age 75: Rate 6.4%
Age 78: Rate 6.8%
Age 83: Rate 7.7%
Age 87: Rate 8.6%
Age 90+: Rate 9.5%
To learn how you can invest in a Leader Dog CGA and become
a Dream Maker, contact:
Kim Cross, CFRE, director of national major & planned gifts
248-659-5040 or email@example.com
Roberta S. Trzos, CFRE. Director of personal giving
248-659-5014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead in the Holidays 2010
Thank you to everyone that helped make our 19th annual Lead in
the Holidays fundraising event our most successful ever. Held at
the GM Heritage Center, attendees were able to meet and greet
our clients, our canines and our staff while enjoying the beautiful
sight of row upon row of classic GM vehicles.
Planning for our 20th annual event is already underway and
we expect the evening to be bigger and better than ever before.
We’d like to thank our title sponsors EnTrust Capital Inc. and
Mackey Komara & Dankovich, LLC Wealth Coaches for helping give
our guest The Unexpected Experience.
Vision: The Vision of Leader Dogs for the Blind is to become the
most innovated and forward thinking organization in the
Mission: Our mission is to enhance the lives of people who are
blind and visually impaired.
Values: Respect and compassion for people and dogs, Passion for
the work, Safety in all we do, Do what is right, Innovation in our
field, and Teamwork
Privacy Statement: Leader Dogs for the Blind does not sell, share,
rent or otherwise disclose personal information regarding our
donors to other organizations.