Press Room

Welcome to the Leader Dogs for the Blind press room, designed to provide useful information to assist with news inquiries.

Founded by three Detroit-area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel. Our mission is to provide the media with prompt, accurate information while protecting the privacy and security of the Leader Dog clients we serve. Please be aware that a “Leader Dog” is the proper name for a dog that has graduated from our training programs. The generic term is “guide dog.” We refer to the people who take our training as “clients,” whether they are training with Leader Dogs or participating in “orientation and mobility” (O&M) training, which involves the use of white canes and other tools to improve independent mobility without a guide dog. Above average O&M skills are a prerequisite for guide dog training. All Leader Dogs for the Blind training, including dogs and O&M tools and even travel and lodging, is provided free of charge to our clients thanks to the generosity of our donors.

If you are interested in featuring Leader Dog in an upcoming story, please contact Patricia Radice at or 313-481-4718, or Rachelle Kniffen at or 248-659-5013.