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Close-up photo of the faces of man and German shepherd/golden cross.

Transforming challenges into Opportunities.

Our Mission & History

Since 1929, The Seeing Eye has partnered with people who are blind who seek to enhance their independence, dignity, and self-confidence through the use of Seeing Eye dogs.

More than 16,000 of these specially bred and trained dogs have brought a new level of mobility, safety, and self-sufficiency to over 8,000 men and women.

In 1927, a young man named Morris Frank read an article about dogs being trained as guides for blinded veterans of World War I.  Frustrated by his own lack of mobility as a blind person, he was inspired to write its author for help.  Dorothy Harrison Eustis was an American training German shepherd dogs in Switzerland, and when she received Morris Frank’s letter, she agreed to help him.  He promised he would return to the United States and spread the word about these wonderful dogs.  In 1928, having completed instruction in Switzerland, he arrived in New York City, proving the ability of his dog Buddy before throngs of news reporters.  His one-word telegram to Mrs. Eustis told the entire story… "Success."  The Seeing Eye was born, with the dream of making the entire world accessible to people who are blind.

Picture of four Seeing Eye pioneers.The Pioneers - Dorothy Harrison Eustis, the lady who loved German shepherds, and (top right) E.S. (Jack) Humphrey, geneticist, chief instructor; Willi Ebeling, the first executive vice president of The Seeing Eye and the man who kept his hand on the pulse of the organization; and Morris Frank and Buddy who proved that a dog and its blind master could live normal lives.

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