Mike Devlin Retirement 

After over 40 years of dedicated service, Mike Devlin is retiring from the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs. Mike has been an integral part of our organization since he joined in August 1981, bringing his passion for dogs and helping others to every role he’s held.

Starting as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Mike's career evolved over the years as he transitioned to America's VetDogs as a certified service dog instructor. His journey began with a simple but powerful inspiration from a neighborhood woman and her guide dog. This inspiration sparked a lifelong commitment to combining his love of dogs with a profound desire to help people live better lives.

Reflecting on his career, Mike shared, “I became more certain there was nothing better than a meaningful career combining my love of dogs with the thrill of helping someone become proficient at something to make their lives better.”

Throughout his time with us, Mike’s dedication and expertise have profoundly impacted the lives of those we serve. His work has not only trained dogs to assist their handlers but also touched the hearts and lives of many veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Mike’s enthusiasm extended beyond his professional life. When not at the Foundation, he found joy in photography, playing basketball, supporting the Brooklyn Nets, editing an online music review, reading, and playing guitar and banjo. His love for his family, particularly being a husband and dad, brought the greatest joy to his life.

We celebrate Mike’s incredible contributions and the lasting legacy he leaves behind. His commitment to our mission and the lives he has changed will always be remembered.

Please join us in wishing Mike a wonderful retirement filled with happiness and new adventures. Thank you, Mike, for your unwavering dedication and the difference you have made in countless lives.