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About Us

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Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center was cofounded by

Rebecca (Becky) Floyd and Kathie Curtis in 2010.

Becky, who is Executive Director, had a dream and

passion to establish a guide dog school and pursued

that dream after retiring as the Executive Director of

the MS Protection and Advocacy System in Jackson,



Ms. Floyd is blind and has worked with a guide dog

since 1964. Kathie, who shared the dream of a guide 

dog school, retired as the Director of Youth Ministry

for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson and now is the

Director of Kennel Operations & Puppy Program.

Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center is a non-profit 501(c)3, tax exempt organization established April 2010 in Madison, MS with a mission to provide well-trained, healthy guide dogs to people who are blind.


These dogs will be provided, free of charge, to qualified individuals throughout the United States. The organization is governed by a nine member Board of Directors selected for their expertise in governance, fund raising, veterinary care, medicine, legal issues, finance, and the media.

Funding is through donations from individuals, corporations, bequests, and fund raising activities.


Founders -Rebecca Floyd (R) & Kathie Curtis (L)
Board of Directors

Dr. Cindy Allen, MD

Luke Nealey

Michele Shepler

Garland Steadman

Holly Brazil

Cassidy Barnett

Gloria Murphy

Corporate Officers

Rebecca Floyd,

Executive Director
Gary Collins,

VS President
Kathie B. Curtis, Secretary

Kathy Moore,


The Board of Directors for Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October.

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