Israel Guide Dog Center offers an array of dog services like Mitzvah Project for Service Companion dogs for IDF soldiers with PTSD and disabled adults in Israel.
Dogs who don't qualify as guide dogs - those screened out either before or duri ng 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 t housands 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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