Executive Director Message

Executive Director Message – Spring 2017

Sarah Clapp and Palmer

Spring is in the air at Guide Dogs of the Desert . . . and in addition to the clocks springing forward on Sunday, March 12, there is a lot of activity springing up on the campus.  Your generosity helped make it possible!


A new class of clients start their custom training with their new guide dogs on March 12.  This is always an exciting time on the campus, as we observe on a daily basis the bonding between client and their dog and their progress in the program.  We will celebrate their accomplishment at Graduation on Saturday, April 1, at 12:00 noon in the Santulli Auditorium, on campus.  No fooling!  We do hope you will join us!


There are a couple of upcoming events to support Guide Dogs of the Desert. 

Phoenix, Arizona: Friday, March 31 is the 3rd annual Pinot for Paws
Moon Valley Country Club.  This fun annual event features unique Silent Auction items, as well as Live Auction of art pieces created by some of the graduates of Guide Dogs of the Desert, as well as puppy art from the Breeding Program.  Tickets are $75.00 per person, purchased by calling (760) 329-6257.  Benefits future Arizona Residents to custom train with a guide dog from our organization.

Palm Springs, CA: Monday, April 17, Dog Day Afternoon hosted by Yvonne and Steve Maloney,at historic Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs.This luncheon event - $150.00 per person – benefits the Canine Development program.  Meet many of our puppies-in-training, take a "test drive" with a guide dog, and learn about the impact of a guide dog from graduate John Lamb, a recent graduate.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the school. 

The next Spring 2017 newsletter edition will be completed and mailed at the beginning of April.  If you have suggestions for articles, or pictures to share, please forward them to Graphic Designer, Alycia Walsh, at awalsh@gddca.org.


Happy Spring!

Sarah Clapp
Executive Director

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