Leader Dogs Completes First Phase of Canine Development Center


Leader Dogs for the Blind has completed the first phase of construction for its Canine Development Center located in Rochester Hills.

 The state-of-the-art facility, designed to increase the mental and physical health of dogs from puppyhood to adulthood, is seeking the public’s support to raise the remaining $1 million needed to finalize the Canine Center. With the help of sponsors, volunteers and individual supporters, Leader Dog has raised $13.5 million of the required $14.5 million.

The first phase 1 includes:

  •  Indoor puppy bays – Bays for up to 10 litters of puppies at a time which features floor-to-ceiling overhead doors to allow for fresh air while dogs stay safely inside.
  • Expanded veterinary clinic – The centralized clinic features a large surgical suite, private recovery/sick rooms and space for more advanced technology. Vets are now able to provide checkups, vaccinations and surgeries for upwards to 900 dogs per year.
  •  Custom breeding suite – A specialized breeding environment and private space with separate male and female housing and recreation to help promote natural breeding behaviors.
  • Protected litter drop-off area – A separate entrance for breeding hosts to return puppy litters with easy access to the building while being protected from inclement weather.