Help us help the blind in Israel
Help us train Seeing Eye dogs so we can offer them free of charge to blind people in Israel. The blind deserve the chance to live a full and independent life. A Seeing Eye dog can help them do exactly that.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a nonprofit organization and is recognized as a public institution. The organization's facilities are located near Tzivon in the Galilee.
It is the center at which the dogs are trained. The Center was established in 1989. There are over 20,000 blind people living in Israel today. Among them are many disabled IDF veterans. The demand for dogs exceeds the numbers which are available, and there is a long line of blind people waiting to get their own dog.
The dog candidates are chosen from soft tempered and highly motivated breeds such as Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever and German Shepherd.
The puppy's first year and a half is spent with foster families who have volunteered to give it a warm home and become used to being around people and socializing with them. At the end of the foster period, at age one year and a half, the dog begins an 8 month concentrated training program at the training facilities and in a city environment. When this training period ends and the dog is ready to serve his new owner, the blind person is invited to the course, together with other blind people who have gone through a process of matching and acceptance. The candidates will spend 28 days at the training center, sleeping there as well. During the training period each blind person is taught to function with his new dog.
There is a great amount of attention invested in finding the right dog for each owner. Emphasis is put on mobility data, the blind person's personality and the environment in which both dog and owner will be living. At the end of the course, both the blind person and his new dog will return home, where the owner will apply all he/she has learned at the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Training Center.
The Training Center's professional staff will be available to the blind person when even needed for the rest of his life.
This is a highly important mission.
The opportunity to walk freely and securely with the help of Seeing Eye dogs improves the quality of living of the blind person and his/her ability to integrate into our society.
With the help of your generous contribution, a highly important activity is being carried out.