Beverly Hills, California (PRWEB) June 30, 2013
Animal Support and its co-founders Julian Omidi, Dr. Michael Omidi, and Maria Abaca announce their sponsorship of Leader Dogs for the Blind, an organization that breeds, houses, and trains guide dogs for those who are visually and/or aurally impaired. It is one of only two organizations in the nation that trains dogs to help people with both vision and hearing loss and has trained and matched more than 14,500 guide dogs with people who are blind.
“Leader Dogs for the Blind not only offers a fantastic service for the visually impaired, they also do an excellent job of creating a loving and secure environment for the guide dogs,” says Julian Omidi, co-founder of Animal Support. “Leader Dogs for the Blind puts the welfare of their dogs first, and that is extremely important to Animal Support. We are very proud to lend our support to this fantastic organization.”
Recognized as one of the “Best in America” nonprofit organizations by the Independent Charities of America, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides all training free of charge at its Rochester Hills, Michigan location.
In addition to helping visually impaired clients increase mobility, Leader Dogs are given the opportunity to live full productive lives while working with their handlers. It is statistically proven that dogs that are trained to provide service to humans are happier and more sociable than other dogs. Dogs have been bred throughout the centuries to perform tasks, and giving them specific duties fulfills their natural instincts.
Leader Dogs for the Blind offers all courses, programs and services free of charge to the clients, and this includes air transportation to the facility, and room and board. New dog handlers must be at least 16 years of age, be fit enough to walk at least two city blocks and have adequate orientation and mobility skills to be assigned a guide dog. Moreover, clients must demonstrate that their lifestyle and needs will suit the inclusion of a guide dog in a healthy and productive way.
Leader Dogs for the Blind (http://www.leaderdog.org) was founded in 1939 by three Detroit area Lions Club members. The men were unable to obtain guide dog training for a visually impaired friend, so they set out to open their own guide dog training facility from a farm in Rochester. To date, Leader Dogs for the Blind has trained more than 14,500 guide dogs.
The dogs are housed by volunteer puppy raisers for one year before returning to Leader Dog for their formal guide dog training. Leader Dog clients are screened to ensure that their needs and lifestyle are appropriate to partnership with a guide dog. The welfare of the dogs is as high a priority as the training of the clients.
Leader Dogs for the Blind also has a career changed dog adoption program, where dogs that are either found to be unsuitable for guide dog services, or are changing careers can be introduced into a family as a pet, or employed as a service dog in another vocation.
Animal Support (http://www.animalsupport.org) is dedicated to addressing pet over-population and abuse by promoting charities working on behalf of animal well-being. The organization was founded by brothers Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi along with long-time friend Maria Abaca to advocate for animal protection, rescue, adoption, and spay and neuter laws. Animal Support does not accept donations but encourages direct contributions of money and talents to the charities and organizations featured on our website. For more information about Animal Support, send a message using the website’s Contact Us function, check out Animal Support on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.