An assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Margaret Ann Dimond is an avid supporter of animal rescue organizations. In her local community, Margaret Ann Dimond serves as a board member with Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that helps train dogs to assist individuals with visual impairments and disabilities.
Leader Dogs for the Blind recently invited the public to tour its newly opened Canine Development Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan, at the corner of Rochester and Avon roads.
The 75,000-square-foot facility cost $14.5 million to build and takes the place of the on-site kennels the organization previously used. The new facility is home to 255 kennels and will be used to breed, train, and care for the organization’s current and future animals. It is expected the new center will provide a less stressful environment in which to train the dogs, as well as help them to better socialize with one another.
Leader Dogs for the Blind has helped more than 14,500 people become more independent with the use of assistance animals for mobility.
To learn more about Leader Dogs for the Blind, visit www.leaderdog.org.