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Couple’s commitment to GDA will last a lifetime and beyond

George and Kristin Pitt with a dog

George and Kristin Pitt with Doug

Kristin and George Pitt have seen first-hand what the gift of a guide dog can mean to a visually impaired or blind person. George Pitt’s sister went blind from diabetes-related complications and the couple wanted to do their part for others who could benefit from having a guide dog by their side.

The Pitt’s commitment to Guide Dogs of America started with puppy raising; they raised seven puppies. During their puppy raising years, Kristin also became an area co-leader for a puppy raiser group. Wanting to do more, they donated general funds, matching gifts, and stock. They sponsored guide dogs and sent “wish list” items at the holidays. Recently, the Pitts made a commitment that will last beyond their lifetimes by becoming Partners in Trust, designating GDA in their will.

“Being Partners in Trust is very important to George and me,” said Kristen Pitt. “We have been so personally involved in GDA over the years, so when it came time to redo our wills it made sense that we would designate the school in our will. GDA puts a very high percentage of every dollar donated back into the program. Knowing our funds would be used wisely and that we are making a significant contribution to helping people like George’s sister is very gratifying.

“GDA is an amazing organization with a true focus on helping individuals, and they put a lot of effort into the correct pairing of a working dog with a visually-impaired individual,” added Pitt. “Having attended graduations and interreacted with the recipients, we have witnessed the truly life-changing experience that comes with having a guide dog.”

Guide Dogs of America is privileged to benefit from the generosity of caring individuals like the Pitts. Gifts to our endowment will continue to support our mission to place extraordinary guide dogs with the visually impaired to enhance their lives. If you would like information about becoming a Partner in Trust, please contact Rhonda Bissell at 818-833-6432 or

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