Guide Dogs for the Blind International (GDBI) is a registered charity in Canada that helps pair Canadians who are blind or visually impaired with highly qualified guide dogs. For more than 50 years, Canadians have been matched with guide dogs from our sister organization, Guide Dogs for the Blind, headquartered in California, with a second training facility in Oregon. GDBI was established so that our Canadian clients could be supported by Canadian donations.
Guide Dogs for the Blind International receives no government funding; we are supported entirely by private contributions. All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt.
GDBI currently supports more than 250 guide dog teams throughout Canada, and with your support, even more Canadians will be matched with their new best friends. GDBI clients receive customized instruction with their new guide dogs at an in-residence training program conducted by our sister organization, Guide Dogs for the Blind. Upon completion, alumni of the program receive comprehensive post-graduation support and services back home in Canada, including financial assistance for veterinary care, as needed. All services are provided free of charge.