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Walking Together

We strive for maximum community involvement, and the creation of equal career opportunities for people with disabilities

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Dogiz: Growing With ‘Pawpose’

According to the National Autistic society, only 15% of people in the spectrum are in full time employment

Interacting with animals has been shown to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and even encourage more physical activity for people with ASD; studies have found that animals can help people with ASD develop sensory and social skills, and manage problems with behaviour and stress.

Alongside our day to day operations here is Dogiz, we are working with several NGO's to offer training & long term career opportunities to adults with disabilities.

Our Goal is to be on the spectrum of Inclusion!

  • We want to be a home away from home for our dogs and our staff!
  • We aren’t building a company, we are building a family.
  • Help us build a truly special home for dogs and a community centre for those who need it most.
  • They are disciplined,
    highly self-motivated and require a proper routine

  • Many find it easier to connect
    with animals, rather than people

  • Need a supportive, friendly & loving work environment to truly thrive

  • Extremely committed
    by passion and purpose

The Route to Success

Building a scalable model which is both profitable and makes an impact

The Job

The Job

Dogiz team will connect them with clients and set them their daily/weekly routines.

The Course

The Course

Dogiz is running courses in partnership with the Shekel NGO run by specialists in assessing and training adults with autism.

Monitoring

Monitoring

All our ASD walkers will have a dedicated counselor who is there to help guide and monitor their progress.

The “Walking Together” staff – Who are we?

We are not only passionate about providing the best care for our animals, but also to provide the best care and opportunities for people in need.

We want to provide training and job security to ASD adults by enabling them to do what they love, in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.

Being able to work with animals has always been my dream! I am so happy now and come to work every day with a smile on my face!

Avrumi Graduate of 'Walking Together'

I’m Danny, and I was born with autism. I have never had a full time job before and am so happy to be a part of the Dogiz family now!

Danny Graduate of 'Walking Together'

I have been around dogs all my life and find it much easier to connect with them than with people.

Dor Graduate of 'Walking Together'

I am so happy I found Dogiz, it's so amazing to be able to work with dogs every single day!

Rebecca Graduate of 'Walking Together'

We have already begun making a difference

10 Full time Special
Needs Workers

Walk on average
5-6 dogs a day

Have done 1526+
walks through Dogiz

Work on average
20 hours a week

Average monthly income from
Dogiz = 3,000 NIS - 4,000 NIS

Weekly monitoring
and Guidelines

Winning with Impact

In order to ensure the success of this project, we have created 4 partnerships with organizations who assist us in providing training, certification and long-term career opportunities for adults with ASD, whilst at the same time ensuring the highest standard of care for our pets.

IVN:

IVN – Israel Venture Network – is at the forefront of social impact investing in Israel. Through several programs, IVN has created a track record in helping marginalized populations in Israel start businesses and create job opportunities for people with disabilities. IVN’s support has been paramount in helping us establish and grow the Walking Together project at Dogiz.

Partnership with Special Needs Schools:

We have started a pilot with the Gil School in Tel Aviv in order to offer training courses and support for special needs students who want to pursue a career working with animals. In their last two years of high school, students will be able to join Dogiz on an internship. The students will receive training from Dogiz and it will become embedded as part of the school curriculum. Graduating children will have the option to volunteer and serve in Oketz (IDF), or to come and work full-time for Dogiz.

The Shekel Foundation:

Shekel is the largest NGO in Israel helping adults with special needs secure housing and employment. Shekel has been instrumental in helping us find candidates for the Walking Together course, as well as helping us set up the infrastructure and curriculum for the training course that all candidates must go through before working at Dogiz.

Partnership with the IDF:

The IDF is in the process of setting up the first program in the world for soldiers with special needs to volunteer in the elite K9 unit (Oketz), for non combat roles. These soldiers will then be able to come and work at Dogiz as soon as they finish their military service. The former commander of the unit has joined as a Director in the company and will be helping us to oversee this unique partnership with the IDF.

We are passionate about making a difference in our community and now you can too!

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