About Pilot Dogs

Mission Statement

Since 1950 our original mission has not changed – to provide the finest dog guides to the qualified individuals who need and can benefit from the assistance of a dog guide. The purpose of this organization is to improve the general condition of people who are visually impaired, and other persons living with disabilities, who would benefit from the services of trained Pilot Dogs.

Pilot Dogs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We receive no federal or state funding. Our organization depends on public donations generously given by individuals, companies, groups, and other organizations from all over the world. All services are provided at NO COST to our valued students.

Pilot Dogs has been inspected and accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation.

Did You Know? Statistics on Vision Loss and Hearing Loss

Vision Loss Statistics:

  • According to the American Foundation for the Blind, there are over 20 million blind or visually impaired individuals in the United States. As our population ages, this number will continue to grow, increasing the demand for our services to provide independence and mobility to those who seek it through the assistance of a Pilot Dog.
  • Every seven minutes, someone in America will become blind or visually impaired.
  • An estimated 253 million people live with vision impairment: 36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment.
  • 81% of people who are blind or have moderate or severe vision impairment are aged 50 years and above.
  • Over 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured.
  • Globally, chronic eye diseases are the main cause of vision loss. Uncorrected refractive errors and then un-operated cataract are the top two causes of vision impairment. Un-operated cataract remains the leading cause of blindness in low- and middle-income countries.

Hearing Loss Statistics:

  • About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or in educational settings.
  • While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal-hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.
  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears.
  • Almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.