Guide Dog Placement
Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center places well trained, healthy dogs throughout the United States, and, occasionally, in Canada. The dogs are provided to people whose primary disability is blindness and who have no more than 20/800 visual acuity in the best eye with best correction or no more than 20 degrees field of vision. The dogs are provided, free of charge, to qualified individuals who have been approved by the Center’s Admissions Committee. The trained dog is normally delivered to the applicant and the trainer remains within the area and provides training for the new team for a period of 1 to 2 weeks. The applicant may come to Jackson, MS for training if the applicant and dog can be best served in this manner.
It will be necessary for the applicant to complete an application, complete and sign a consent form, obtain a video of the applicant walking, and the applicants physician and ophthalmologist will have to complete medical forms. There will be at least two interviews with Gallant Hearts staff in an effort to get to know the applicant and the desired characteristics of their future guide.
Application for Services
Each person accepted for training with a Gallant Hearts Guide Dog will receive the trained dog, equipment, travel, board (if applicable), and training, free of charge under a one hundred percent (100%) scholarship, made possible through donations.
I have had two guide dogs from Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center and I highly recommend this organization. Rebecca Floyd, founder and Executive Director, and Ryan Burley, trainer, are extremely knowledgeable and caring individuals that have helped to make my experiences with guide dogs successful. I am not only blind but have a prosthetic leg.Ryan's number one concern, is safety. He is also experienced in matching the dog's abilities to the client's needs.
Ryan trained my very first guide dog, a female German shepherd named Robin. I found Ryan very easy to work with. And he was very patient with this newbie and he works very well with dogs. It was very obvious that he cared a great deal and wanted to make sure we would make a great team. Robin is a great dog and I get compliments on her all the time.
I am so very pleased to be graduate of Gallant Hearts. Rounder is my 11th dog and is doing a fabulous job. It was my honor to receive training from Ryan Burley and Gallant Hearts. I was turned down by numerous guide dog schools because they stated that I was too old and could not travel. Ryan and Gallant Hearts refused to believe this. Ryan taught me so many wonderful techniques, he is a fabulous instructor.
Jake continues to be an amazing guide dog and a very sweet boy. I’m grateful every day for your generosity in allowing me to have this life-changing dog. Jake’s guide work is excellent. He handles crowds of people and dogs like the pro that he is, his memory is unbelievable, and he just keeps impressing me with his skill and intelligence. Once again, please let me say thank you for the greatest gift anyone has ever give me. With much love and gratitude.