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Guide Dog Candidate Seeks Chaperone to Israel

March 17, 2014 By:
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This Labrador puppy is hoping to become a guide dog in Israel.

The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind is in search of a chaperone for a Labrador Retriever puppy who has been donated to the Israeli program by Freedom Guide Dogs in Cassville, N.Y.

"Our hope is that she will be used in the breeding department to produce many future guide dogs for visually impaired Israelis," wrote Michael Leventhal, executive director of the center's United States operations, which are based in Warrington.

Workers at the center are hoping that someone traveling to Israel on an El-Al flight from either JFK or Newark airports between April 24 and May 7 will be available to escort the puppy to Israel.

According to the website, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are the two breeds best suited for becoming guide dogs because they are "highly trainable, responsive, intelligent and have calm temperaments."

Some 65 percent of dogs that are trained in the program work as guide dogs, while the rest are adopted by families with special needs.

To learn more about the guide dog program, click on the video icon at the top right of the screen.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming the puppy's chaperone, you can email Leventhal at mike@israelguidedog.org or call him at his office: 215-343-9100.

 

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