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Guide Dog Programs

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Natural Balance® provides food for Guide Dog Associations. Click on the links below for more information about each program:

Guide Dogs of the Desert  Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs of the Desert

Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance® Pet Foods is helping to support guide dogs through their work with Guide Dogs of the Desert.

GDD DogsFor 35 years, Guide Dogs of the Desert has provided high quality guide dogs and individual instruction to the blind, the elderly blind and the blind with special needs, so they may live a more mobile and independent life.

Guide Dogs of the Desert serves blind individuals throughout California, Arizona and Nevada, as well as from throughout the United States and Canada.

Guide Dogs of the Desert was founded in 1972 by Mr. Lafayette "Bud" Maynard with the goal to provide quality guide DVP Walkingdogs to the blind and the multi-handicapped blind. He began by training students one at a time from his home. With the help of the Cathedral City Lions Club, Guide Dogs of the Desert was incorporated and licensed under California State Law and the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Approximately 300 volunteers provide a wide range of support services for Guide Dogs of the Desert. Over 120 individuals from Alaska to New England to Florida are serving as volunteer puppy raisers for our school at any given time. All of the services are provided free of charge to the blind.

At right is Dick Van Patten taking a walk with one of their certified Guide Dogs.


Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the BlindGuide Dogs for the Blind is more than an industry-leading guide dog school; we are a passionate community that serves the visually impaired. With exceptional client services and a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of our services are provided free of charge; we receive no government funding. GDB is headquartered in San Rafael, California, with a second campus in Boring, Oregon. More than 12,500 teams have graduated since our founding in 1942, and there are approximately 2,100 active teams in the field. For more information, visit

See photos from Guide Dogs for the Blind's 2014 Fun Day and graduation event here.

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