The main purpose of this organization is to provide the finest guide dogs to qualified visually impaired individuals. Pilot Dogs, Inc. was established in 1950 to train and furnish Pilot Dogs to guide the blind. This organization provides the Pilot Dog, four weeks room and board, all equipment and round trip transportation to their students at no cost. They have been able to continue providing their services free of charge for the past sixty years thanks to the kindness and generosity of individuals, groups, companies, and charitable foundations such as the Cambridge Charitable Foundation.
The population that benefits from their program are legally blind individuals who are capable of caring for and using a guide dog. A large percentage of their students are unemployed and are supported by Social Security or Welfare.
In 2010, Pilot Dogs served 161 individuals. Their students came to them from all over the world. Each year they serve approximately six individuals from the Cincinnati area.
They have three training programs: Puppy Raising, Formal Training and Team Training (dog and student together).
Pilot Dogs continually strives to better the lives of their visually and hearing impaired students by giving them back the independence to fully live their lives and accomplish their personal goals. Pilot Dogs provide their masters with the ability to accomplish tasks they previously needed another's assistance with, such as traveling to work, or to visit friends and family, going to the store, or simply taking their favorite walk to get some exercise.