Endless Story Opportunities

If you're a member of the media in search of a good story, you've come to the right place.  The Guide Dog Foundation has amazing stories to tell, and limitless ways to tell them.  Whether you're looking for an uplifting tale with a happy ending, a compelling angle for a story about the transformational power of an assistance dog, an inspiring tale of a person with a disability, or a professional expert to give opinions and advice on everything from veterinary care to planned giving, we're happy to be your resource.

Please think of us as a resource for interesting story ideas, for example:

  • Captivating personal stories from people with disabilities with a new sense of enhanced mobility and companionship with their guide dog. 
  • Personal experiences from one of our over 1,300 volunteers who devote their time and energy to help us meet our mission. 
  • Interviews with expert guide dog instructors who can talk about a unique and meaningful career.
  • What is the appropriate etiquette when interacting with an assistance dog and its handler?

Calendar Hooks - We can help with unique tie-ins to almost any calendar event, for example:

  • Valentine's Day (Our puppy nursery is loaded with furry bundles of love) 
  • Mother's Day/Father's Day (Our breeding program welcomes future assistance dogs into the world year-round) 
  • National Volunteer Week (We have more than 1,300 volunteers with a dozen volunteer job descriptions) 
  • Graduation (We don't save our graduation ceremonies for June – we host them at the end of each 2-week class.)
  • National Service Dog Month, International Guide Dog Day Animal Health Week as well as major veteran holidays.

For 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or who have other special needs. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.  

To learn more, please contact a member of our Communications Team: 

Andrew Rubenstein - Director of Marketing  631-930-9000 ext. 9091
Bill Krol - Communications Manager  631-930-9000 ext. 9034

Press Kit Materials

Our Press Kit includes organization highlights, bios, fact sheets, and information about the Guide Dog Foundation.

Petco Foundation Invests in the Guide Dog Foundation

Posted on 1/18/2017
Petco Foundation Invests in the Guide Dog Foundation Guide Dog Program Smithtown, NY (January 18, 2016) – The Guide Dog Foundation, a Smithtown, NY-based guide dog organization, today announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Fo

Guide Dog Foundation Stroll & Skate

Posted on 11/4/2016
Walkers and Ice Skaters Help Guide Dog Foundation Gross over $50,000 at Annual Long Island Fundraiser SMITHTOWN, NY (September 1, 2016) — The Guide Dog Foundation holds its annual Stroll & Skate dog walk and ice skating event (Stroll.GuideDog.org

TODAY Welcomes New 'Puppy with a Purpose'

Posted on 8/22/2016
TODAY Welcomes New ‘Puppy with a Purpose’ TODAY Teams Up with Nonprofit Organization, America’s VetDogs, to Help Raise Service Dog for Disabled Veteran New Puppy Will Be Introduced Monday, August 22, on NBC’s TODAY NEW YORK – August 22, 2016

Celebrating 70 Years of Service

Posted on 2/23/2016
The Guide Dog Foundation, an industry leader in guide and service dog training, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

Foundation Dog Named ASPCA Dog of the Year

Posted on 10/26/2015
The Guide Dog Foundation is proud to announce that one of its guide dogs is the recipient of the prestigious ASPCA Dog of the Year award.

Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs Presented TSA Award

Posted on 9/17/2015
The Transportation Security Administration has awarded the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., and America’s VetDogs both of Smithtown, New York, the Community Partnership award for the organizations dedication to working collaboratively with

Cyclists and Walkers Raise Over $50,000 at Fundraiser

Posted on 9/1/2015
The Guide Dog Foundation holds its 2nd Annual Stroll & Roll bike ride and dog walk event (Stroll.GuideDog.org) on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at The Rinx in Hauppauge, NY.

New Board Chair and Five New Board Members Elected

Posted on 7/1/2015
The Guide Dog Foundation and its sister organization, America’s VetDogs, are pleased to announce the election of Donald Dea as the new chair of their board of directors, and the election of five new board members.

Guide Dog Foundation Is “Top-Rated Charity” by CharityWatch

Posted on 3/12/2015
The Guide Dog Foundation is proud to announce that it has been rated as a “Top-Rated Charity” with an A grade, by the national watchdog CharityWatch (formerly known as American Institute of Philanthropy).

Safeguard Your Pet in Cold Weather

Posted on 1/2/2015
We’ve already experienced the first snowstorm of the New Year, and with record cold temperatures in the next few days, now is the time to plan accordingly for the harsh winter weather.