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Photo of the Guide Dogs for the Blind School premises from the outside, with three banners and a dog transporter

The School

  • Established in Allschwil in 1972
  • Operating in new premises at the same location since 2002

Financial details

  • More than 90 % of the financial support for the school is obtained from donations, legacies and inheritances.
  • The Swiss disability insurance scheme (IV) pays for the costs of the team training at the guide dog owner's home and pays the school a monthly rental fee (currently CHF 350) for each guide dog deployed at any particular time. A one-off compensation payment is made by the IV for every assistance dog. Autism assistance dogs are not funded by the IV.
  • Additional funds are generated by the sale of promotional items from our shop.
  • The school does not receive any subsidies from the state.

Number of guide dogs trained from 1972-2022

  • 1046 guide dogs

Number of puppies born in Allschwil from 1972-2022

  • 2532 puppies

Puppies and young dogs in 2022

  • Born at the School: 112
  • Young dogs living with foster families: 198

Successfully introduced dogs in 2022

A total of 27, comprising

  • Guide dogs: 23
  • Assistance dogs: 1
  • Autism service dogs: 3

Successfully trained social support dogs in 2022

  • Social support dogs: 60

Dog owners in 2022

  • Guide dogs: 146
  • Assistance dogs: 18
  • Autism service dogs: 33
  • Social support dogs: 402
  • Retired dogs: 74

Our workforce in 2022

A total of 57, of which

  • 17.70 are full time roles in the Training section
  • 16.50 are full time roles in the Breeding section
  • 13.20 are full time roles in the Administration