Family and friends are allowed for visits during the weekends. Because of the rigorous schedule during the week and the need for students to bond with their new Guide Dog, visitors are not allowed during weekdays.
Three weeks at our center plus an additional week in their home.
Unfortunately, a puppy’s immune system is not fully developed at birth, so it could be dangerous for humans to handle them. You will be able to interact with the other dogs on campus.
We welcome visitors to tour our facility. We only ask that you please call or email and set up an appointment prior to your visit so that we may have a staff member available to show you around. We also welcome tour groups.
We provide transportation to and from the center. We also provide the housing and meals during the three-week training course. All of this is done free of charge.
There is no upper age limit for receiving a guide dog. Elderly people can continue to use a guide dog as long as they can walk safely and at a reasonable pace and care for the dog.
Most people who are legally blind are not totally blind. Many can see colors or shapes; however, it is very important to let the Guide Dog provide safe mobility for the team. If someone has too much sight, they stop relying on the dog, and the partnership breaks down.
To volunteer as a puppy raiser, you must live in Israel, complete an application and submit it. If you are accepted, it usually takes between 6 months to a year before you will receive a puppy. Puppy raising is our most popular volunteer program.
Yes. The instructors, in some cases, will provide domiciliary training or at-home instruction, usually to more experienced Guide Dog users but also in such situations where the person is needed at home and cannot leave a spouse for three weeks of instruction at the Center.
It takes approximately a year to a year-and-a-half to obtain a Guide Dog in Israel. We are trying to grow to meet the demand and shorten the waiting time, but our success depends on finding generous donors who understand why it is so important to help visually impaired Israelis resume their lives as productive citizens.