Leader Dogs for the Blind is a 75-year-old nonprofit founded by a few Detroit Lions Club members in 1939 that "...provides guide dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 270 clients attend our 26-day residential training program to be paired with a guide dog," writes the website
Volunteer lead dog puppy raisers give a "12 to 15 month-long commitment of time, energy and love...to a Future Leader Dog. Through daily care and training, puppy
raisers provide the foundation puppies need to begin formal guide dog
Leader Dogs for the Blind has provided "more than 14,000 guide dog teams from countries all over the world...All programs are offered free of charge, including room and board and travel to and from our campus within North America."