Dogs who don't qualify as guide dogs - those screened out either before or during guide dog training - are excellently-trained dogs capable of serving vulnerable people. So we provide them as Service Companions to disabled children and adults. Approximately one-third of the dogs we breed and raise each year go to meet this otherwise unmet and growing need in Israel.
We are the ONLY non-profit organization in Israel providing service companions to blind or autistic children, and adults with various disabilities, including epilepsy, ADD, brain damage, deafness, paralysis - and soldiers with PTSD. During 2013, in just our second year, we placed twenty-one service companions with people who have special needs; eight of the dogs went to children with autism.
We estimate that there are tens of thousands of children and adults in Israel with a wide range of disabilities who could benefit greatly by having a highly trained Service Companion-bred, raised, and prepared to be loving and responsive to their needs. We work with various agencies to locate these potential clients.
Developed as a natural offshoot of our core program, our Service Companion program enables us to provide nearly all our dogs to people in need-and ensures every one of them receives a good, loving home. The cost of training a Service Companion is approximately $18,000.
This exciting new program is perfect for Mitzvah Projects and classroom Tzedakah Projects.
Amit Bar-El was a soldier fighting house-to-house during the 2006 Lebanon War. As he rushed to the aid of a wounded comrade, Amit opened a door only to have a rocket fly past and explode in the wall next to him. He received multiple shrapnel wounds
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