Since 1972 the Foundation Swiss School for Guide Dogs for the Blind, has specialised in training Guide Dogs for the blind and visually impaired people. Furthermore, since 2012 they began training Autism Service Dogs for families with autistic children and Assistance Dogs for adults and children using wheelchairs.
The Foundation thus enables a more independent, mobile and confident life through an exceptional partnership with a specifically trained dog. The preferred breed is Labrador retrievers, which come from the school’s own breeding program. The training of a dog takes about two years and starts shortly after its birth. The dogs experience a loving, trust-based education with their instructors. After the training is completed, the dog is introduced to the child and the four-legged helper is integrated into the family’s everyday life.
The dog supports and accompanies the child and his family through the day, be it during school attendance, sports activities or leisure time. The child using the wheelchair is the main reference person for the Assistance Dog. Children over the age of ten can be accompanied by an Assistance Dog, who will then be their “Team Mate” for the rest of their lives.
Tasks of the Assistance Dog:
An Assistance Dog can help the child and his family with a wide variety of tasks:
The two-year training is very cost-intensive and amounts to CHF 48’000.-.
The Mon Soleil Fondazione has very generously offered to donate 2/3 of the total amount needed.
There are no subsidies for an Assistance Dog for children from the Swiss Disability Insurance, therefore the Foundation Swiss School for Guide Dogs for the Blind bears all the costs for rearing and training, including veterinary costs during the entire lifetime of the dog.
We would like to help the Foundation by sponsoring an Assistance Dog named Ilay for Lara, an 11 year old girl in a wheelchair: