We are so pawsitively excited to welcome the Guide Dogs of America – Tender Loving Canines to SCCM! Join us on Thursday, August 31 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM for a Meet-and-Greet with the pups during our Play for All Abilities programming. Four dogs accompanied by their handlers will join us! Paw-lease join us! All activities are included with general admission.

About Guide Dogs of America:

Located on a beautiful 7.5-acre campus in Los Angeles, Guide Dogs of America serves a diverse range of individuals from the U.S. and Canada. Our mission is to transform lives through partnerships with service dogs. At Guide Dogs of America, we transform lives through partnerships with service dogs. We breed, raise, and train guide dogs for individuals who are blind/visually impaired and service dogs for veterans and children with autism. We also place facility dogs with professionals in hospitals, schools, and courtrooms. Our highly skilled canines become trusted companions that increase people’s confidence, mobility, and independence. All programs and services, including transportation, personalized training, room/board, and postgraduate support, are provided at no cost to the recipient.

About Play for All Abilities:

We welcome children and families of all abilities. Play for All Abilities hours take place the last Thursday of every month from 12:30-3:30 PM. These are dedicated play hours when we welcome families and children with developmental differences. Play for All Abilities means we stand true to our values of access and inclusion. 

During Play for All Abilities hours, we adjust our space and programs to provide:

  • Less crowded space
  • Quiet atmosphere with limited stimuli (low lights, no music, no microphone)
  • Provide space for families to build community and children to make friends
  • Sensory backpacks which include noise-cancelling headphones and sensory toys*
  • Visual guide
  • Nonverbal communication cards

*Our sensory backpacks are available any day of the week as a free daily rental, ask a staff member at check-in!