Many students select us for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project, or Classroom Tzedakah Project. This is a great way for them to feel connected to a charity in Israel to help provide a Guide Dog for someone who is visually impaired, a Service Dog for an IDF soldier who has experienced service-related trauma, an Emotional Support dog for a child on the autism spectrum, or provide a four-legged best friend for disabled [...]
Prior to opening our center, visually impaired Israelis had to be proficient in English, pass a government test, and travel to either the US or the UK for a dog—that was trained in English and not accustomed to the heat or the unique conditions in Israel. Essential follow up care by staff was not possible, so having highly trained instructors just a couple of hours away is critical.
There are over 24,000 legally blind Israelis, according to government records, but the Association for the Blind in Israel thinks the number is closer to 40,000. It’s easy to understandwhy the demand for our services is so high, and why we have such a long waiting list.
The center was established in January of 1991. Our first client was Haim Tsur, a concert violinist from Jerusalem who graduated with Tillie, a Yellow Lab that was donated by Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (now UK Guide Dogs) in the UK.