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Puppies with a Purpose Campaign

Guide Dogs for the Blind’s campaign for our new Puppy Center

Our Vision

Within each GDB puppy resides the potential to change the world. Our new Puppy Center provides a safe, warm, and enriching environment for puppies as they begin their journeys to become guide dogs. The new center on our California campus includes areas for puppy birthing (the Puppy Nursery), puppy socialization (the Young Heroes Academy), and a public education center (the Learning Lab. All of these features will greatly improve the health and success of our puppies, so that more of them reach their potential to become guide dogs that transform lives.

The Center has three key components:

  • Healthier, more nurturing habitats for mothers and their pups
  • Early socialization and enrichment areas for puppies
  • Educational displays and interactive learning opportunities for the public

An architect's rendering of the front of the Puppy Center.

The Plan: A $20 Million campaign

The innovative Puppy Center not only addresses the limitations of our existing facility, but will serve as a signature project that will more effectively position GDB to advance our mission and strategic objectives in the future. While we are thrilled to announce that we have exceeded our $20 million fundraising goal for the Puppies with a Purpose campaign, there is still an opportunity for a naming sponsor for the Learning Lab, the educational area of the new Puppy center. We are seeking a $1.5M gift for naming rights that can be pledged over three years.

An architect's rendering of the Puppy Center's courtyard plaza.

Designing for Our Future

The Puppy Center features approximately 28,000 square feet of space and provides enhancements in animal welfare and socialization, biosecurity, and improved working environments. It incorporates best practices that not only protects the wellbeing of our puppies, but also enhance their socialization experience and allows staff and volunteers to perform their roles efficiently and ergonomically. By increasing capacity, creating healthier environments, and educating our visitors in unique ways, our vision for creating a state-of-the art facility will soon be fully realized.

For more information about the Puppies with a Purpose campaign, please contact Lisa Poehlmann at [email protected], or 415.492-4190, or any member of our Fundraising team

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