About | Service Companions
Some of the dogs we breed will not be selected for advanced Guide Dog training. These amazing animals will “Change Careers” and become a loving companion to other people in need. The demand for Service Companions is growing faster than we imagined. This program is a great way to repurpose an important resource.
During evaluations we find approximately half the dogs we breed do not meet the rigorous standards required to become Guide Dogs. But these amazingly well trained, loving animals still fill a vital role. So these dogs “change careers” and are provided as supportive companions to children and adults with special needs. Having service dogs in Israel is relatively new, and we are one of the few organizations providing this service.
There are many vulnerable people in Israel, and we are one of the few organizations providing Service Companions in Israel to meet this need. Children with autism, children who are blind, IDF soldiers with PTSD and other adults with Special Needs can all benefit from a loving relationship with a four-legged best friend.
Service Companions bring many benefits to those with special needs. They provide emotional support and unconditional love and companionship 24/7, they encourage social interaction and help break down walls of isolation, and promote mental and physical health.
Once one of our Professional Mobility Instructors determines a Service Companion is appropriate for a family or individual, the client is matched with one of our “career change” dogs. The family or individual then assumes responsibility for the care of the dog. Unlike guide dogs, there is no suggested retirement age.