We breed Labrador retrievers, Golden retrievers, and German shepherds to be guide dogs for people who are blind or visually impaired. We are looking for homes to host both female and male breeders for the duration of their breeding careers. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and will bear the legal responsibility for the host dog. However, families can have children participate in the care of the dog to share in this rewarding experience! Hosting a female or male breeding stock dog is a 2-3 year (females) or approximately 9 year (males) opportunity. It requires a significant time commitment, physical strength, and the ability to travel to our campus in Rochester Hills, MI several times a year. Dogs are 12-15 months of age when placed in a home. Females retired from our program by the time they are 4-5 years of age, but males can continue in the program until they are approximately 9 years old. Both are then adoptable by the host home! Volunteers must live within 6 hours of our campus in Rochester Hills, MI, and have no more than 2 vaccinated, spay/neutered pet dogs in your home.
Our mission is empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.
Founded by three Detroit area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides dog guides to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 200 clients attend our residential training program to be paired with a dog guide. This is a life-changing event that opens the doors to independence, safety and self-worth for many of our students.
In addition to our dog guide program, we offer programs that enhance a person's independence and quality of life in other ways, including orientation and mobility training, GPS training, and seminars for Orientation and Mobility professionals. Currently, Leader Dog is the only facility in the Western Hemisphere to teach Deaf-blind students to work with a dog guide.
Thanks to generous donations from our supporters, our dog guide services are provided free of charge, including room and board and travel to and from our campus in Rochester Hills, Michigan, for clients.
Leader Dog is recognized as a "Best In America" Charity by the Independent Charities of America (ICA).
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We'll work with your schedule.
1039 S. Rochester RoadRochester, MI48307
September 15, 2020
Animal Care / Handling
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Time commitment varies, depending on whether a volunteer is housing a female or male dog and includes whelping puppies in the home, driving to/from Leader Dog's campus, and frequent vet visits (local vet or on Leader Dog's Rochester Hills campus).