Serving our clients is at the core of what we do. The process of accepting a guide dog into your life doesn’t happen overnight. There are a myriad of key programs which help us fulfill our mission to create freedom, mobility and independence for blind Texans.
It takes, on average, two years to get a guide dog ready for service. But the process starts much earlier in our selective breeding program and continues with a dedicated group of puppy raisers who care for and socialize the dogs while they are growing up. We have additional help on that front with the Pawsitive Approach program. It all culminates in successful client/dog teams throughout the state.
Two years ago, Denise Higginbotham learned about Guide Dogs of Texas through an alumni sorority Delta Gamma. So she started volunteering for GDTX by collecting money from coin banks around San Antonio as well as assisting at special events. “I like knowing that what I do, however small, is helping someone else,” she said of [...]
At 63 pounds and 24 inches at the shoulder and dark black fur paired with a rakish grin, Caleb loves the City of Austin. His puppy raiser, Tracy Schagen Lane, who is the owner/director of a pre-school, has trained many successful guide dog puppies for Guide Dogs of Texas over the years, and every day [...]