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.