Service dogs are trained professionals considered the elite of all types of guide dogs.
Only 4 out of 10 service dogs typically make it successfully through their professional training. Select puppies are imported from abroad, each costing 8000 NIS (with the import costs alone totaling 80,000 NIS). The dogs are cared for, raised, fed, and trained, each component weighing heavily on the cost of each animal.
After purchasing puppies designated for the training process, they are raised in special conditions in designated foster homes for one year. From the age of 12 months, and continuing over a period of the next 12 to 18 months, the young dogs undertake a specific training program, which includes a daily training session of 1.5 hours with a certified dog trainer. Training expenses total 24,000 NIS for an average training period of 10 months, in addition to 5,000 NIS needed for their food and veterinary care.
Typically only 4 out of 10 dogs complete the intensive training process. Each dog requires an investment of 37,000 NIS (some costs are covered by volunteers), totaling 370,000 NIS for 10 dogs. Basic accounting demonstrates that the direct costs of one service dog is 92,500 NIS. We are able to reduce those costs to only NIS 70,000 per service dog. But we need your help.
Shai, 47, is a Major in the IDF Reserves. He is married for the second time, a father of seven, and grandfather of two. He is forced to cope with trauma as a result of his long-term military service, during which time he held various positions. When he could no longer explain the sights and screams he heard at night, and the bouts of crying to his commanders, Shai recognized the fact that he’d been damaged by his experiences. But he is a fighter. After staying at home for five years and suffering severe attacks, he was forced to leave the house because of his son’s illness. He has since begun his journey toward rehabilitation, helping others who suffer from his condition. Shai is waiting for a service dog to dispel the loneliness and the pain, to alert the people around him when an attack is imminent, to calm him, and to provide companionship and the basic confidence to leave the house again. Please help by donating for Shai’s service dog.
Eitan will be six years old on December 12. He is an energetic and loving child who was diagnosed with Autism at just over two years old. Eitan doesn’t speak and his mother Olga has never heard him call her “Mom”. She is filled with optimism, however, and has faith in her son and his abilities. Eitan is a curious child who wants to learn and play with his friends despite his communication difficultries. He is addicted to the song “Todo Bom” and YouTube videos, just like any other child his age, and at the same time he invests countless hours each week in learning and progressing as much as possible. Eitan is waiting for a service dog to provide him with assistance and companionship, and provide him with the confidence to make significant progress. Please help by donating for Eitan’s service dog.
Ofir is 25 years old and was severely injured in the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict (Operation Protective Edge). After a number of days close to death, he remained unconscious for nearly one year. His family and friends did not leave his side for a moment, nor stop believing in him. Ofir returned to consciousness and has since been in a long and arduous rehabilitation process. He remains in a wheelchair and is waiting for a service dog to help him maneuver the chair and press the light switch, to be a loyal friend and call for help when necessary. It’s now our turn to enlist for Ofir. Please help by donating for Ofir’s service dog.
The positive impact of a trained service dog is limitless. Now you know more about the process. We encourage you to join lectures and workshops top help raise awareness on this topic, and to encourage the social integration of people with special needs and disabilities.
I want to continue to support and help as much as I can, closely monitoring the progress toward this important goal, sharing, and encouraging others to contribute to this much needed service.
The work you are doing by providing service dogs is incredible! They will provide essential and much-needed help and support for Shai, Ofir, Eitan and many others like them. I want to help you by donating as much as I can to help you not only match your goals, but to exceed them.
I was amazed to discover the strength of the service dogs’ help, which will provide essential and necessary help for Shai, Ofir and Eitan, and I want to contribute as much as I can, and I hope you will reach the goal!