MARCH 2024

[Image: The Vision Guide Dogs logo features a winding road with a guide dog standing in the center and "Vision Guide Dogs" printed in the upper-right corner. Next to the logo it reads "Navigate the World."]

Let's Raise the Woof!

[Image: Announcement which features individual pictures of guide dogs-in-training Joy, Buddy, and Elroy and reads, "Welcome!" There are paw prints along the top and bottom of the announcement.]

GOT NEWS? We do! Vision Guide Dogs is delighted to introduce the newest members of our team: Buddy (5 months), Joy (9 weeks), and Elroy (9 weeks)! All three guide dogs-in-training have started bonding with their puppy raisers and are full of energy and promise. While the road to becoming a guide dog will consist of many new and challenging experiences, it will also include a lot of fun and excitement. We can't wait for you to meet our pups at one of our upcoming events!

Photo Album

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Buddy wearing a navy blue VGD training vest, walking down the stairs in a shopping center.]

[Image: VGD puppy raiser Annette Hennessey holds Guide dog-in-training Joy in her arms.]

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Elroy is in a sit-stay position on a painted sidewalk with a springtime theme featuring grass, butterflies, and blue and white rays.]

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Buddy is introduced to typical items in a clothing store such as racks of clothes and mannequins. He wears a navy blue VGD training vest.]

Note of Appreciation

[Image: Kim Matthews, manager of Dogtopia - Alamo Heights, crouches down next to yellow Labrador retriever Bomba. Kim is wearing a yellow t-shirt with the Dogtopia logo and has her hand on Bomba's side.]

2, 4, 6, 8...who do we appreciate? That would be none other than Kim Matthews, the manager of Dogtopia San Antonio - Alamo Heights! Thank you for your generous contribution to our Pickleball Tournament raffle and your commitment to partnering with us on future events. You are a shining example of the kindness that exists in the world. Our team at VGD, and so many lucky dogs in the community, are fortunate to know you!

For those interested in dog daycare, boarding, or spa services, you can visit Kim at the Dogtopia - Alamo Heights location:

3814 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209


Events & Information

[Image: Chicken n Pickle logo with images of a hen, pickleball paddle, and ball in the center and beneath it reads, "Pickleball Headquarters."]

VGD Top Dog Pickleball Tournament:

Going, going, gone...While the pickleball team spots are sold out, you can still attend this event as a spectator and check out our great merch while you're at it! You'll also have the chance to meet some of our cute pups!

Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024

Time: 4pm - 7pm


Chicken N Pickle

5215 UTSA Blvd.

San Antonio, TX 78249

[Image: Stride for Sight logo in the center of a circle surrounded by the following words, "Partners in Vision. Lions Sight Research Foundation - San Antonio Eye Bank."]

Stride For Sight 5k:

On your mark...get set...have fun! This is a family and pet-friendly event for a great cause. The Lions Sight Research Foundation and San Antonio Eye Bank are on a mission to educate the community about the gift of sight and raise awareness about available resources. Create a team and recruit some friends to join you. Or you can join the Vision Guide Dogs team. Don't miss the free breakfast tacos, free kids' fun run with prizes, entertainment, team awards, and more! Not local or not a runner/walker? Not to worry, you can support this mission through the virtual runner/walker or sleepwalker options. For more info, click on the button below.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2024

Time: Registration begins 8am

Registration Fee: $25-$50 (team captain must register before teammates)


Comanche County Park, Pavilion 2

2600 Rigsby Ave.

San Antonio, TX 78222


[Image: Sneak peak at the VGD 2024 Fiesta San Antonio Official Medal designed to look like a Lotería game card. The medal features guide dog Zuke in a sit-stay position with the words, "El Perro Guía" (guide dog) along the bottom, the number "1" in the upper-left corner, and the year "2024" along the left side. The attached ribbon has the VGD logo. The Fiesta medal is placed in the center of a piece of cream-colored paper surrounded by images of Lotería game cards.]

2024 Fiesta Medal Extravaganza

Calling all "medal"-heads! Hosted by Monarch Trophy Studio, this is your chance to buy, sell, and trade Fiesta medals. Be sure to stop by the Vision Guide Dogs booth to get your "paws" on one of our 2024 Fiesta San Antonio official medals ($10/medal).

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2024

Time: 9am - 1pm

Admission Fee: No entry fee


Morgan's Sports Complex

5025 David Edwards Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78233


[Image: LVRC. Low Vision Resource Center. Hope...Help...Independence. The Owl Radio logo is in the center of the C featuring an owl surrounded by stars and a crescent moon.]

Low Vision Expo:

You're invited! Are you or is someone you care about living with blindness or low vision? If so, we invite you to attend the Low Vision Expo. It's a day of exploration and connection. Check out the latest technology and resources available to help improve accessibility and independence. To register for this free event, please click on the button below.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024

Time: 9am - 1pm

Admission Fee: Free event


Marriott San Antonio Airport

77 NE Loop 410

San Antonio, TX 78216


[Image: King William Fair logo featuring an image of a bandstand and a Fiesta party banner.]

King William Fair:

Activities, entertainment, and food...oh my! The KW Fair offers family fun galore and you can purchase VGD's 2024 official Fiesta medals at our booth ($10/medal). We hope to see you there!

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024

Time: 9am - 6pm

Admission Fee:

$15 advance pre-sale ($20 day of fair); Children 11 and under free

Location: King William District


This Fiesta season, our 2024 Fiesta medals will also be available for sale at Mike's Dog Store (3/18) and Dogtopia - Alamo Heights. Stay tuned for announcements about more locations and events where you can purchase the VGD 2024 Fiesta San Antonio official medal!

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How You Can Help

[Image: Multi-colored raised hands with the word, "VOLUNTEER" across.]

Volunteer Opportunities:

Are you there, helpers? It's us...Vision Guide Dogs. If you're looking for a great way to help out in the community, our mission is calling you! For more info on VGD volunteer opportunities, please check out our website by clicking the button below.

For questions:


Phone: (830) 206-0626


That's Interesting

[Image: An individual hand holds a mobile phone with a video of Dr. Jennifer Stewart talking about the Be My Eyes app. Above the phone it reads, "Be My Eyes" and the company's tagline, "See the world together." Below the phone it reads, "Click to learn about the app!"]

Be My Eyes App:

Let's "See the World Together." From near and far, the Be My Eyes app connects individuals who are blind or living with low vision to volunteers who can offer visual support on everyday tasks. Are you a sighted individual who has a few minutes each week to help someone read a recipe, assist with a computer issue, or search for an item in the fridge? Are you blind or do you have low vision and feel that this app could make certain spaces in your everyday life more accessible? If you answered yes to any of these questions, download the Be My Eyes app to your mobile device today!

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Vision Guide Dogs, Inc.



Phone: (830) 206-0626

Our mission is to help individuals who are blind or visually impaired navigate the world.

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Vision Guide Dogs is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Federal Tax ID 92-0898185