Mira Foundation USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit EIN 26-3603779 organization located in Pinehurst, North Carolina. We are the only organization in the United States whose purpose is to provided guide dogs to visually impaired children ages 11-16.
We are happy to announce that we are officially in the beginning stages of planning to build a service dog school right here in North Carolina!
Mira Foundation USA is the only nonprofit in the United States that provides guide dogs to blind American children free of charge and to do so, Mira sends guide dog candidates to attend guide dog school at our sister organization, Foundation Mira in Canada. When COVID hit and the borders were shut down, Mira’s ability to place dogs was temporarily impacted.
This experience made us realize how important it is for us to have our own facility in the United States. This would allow us to serve differently abled children in the US even more efficiently.
First and foremost we will train guide dogs for visually impaired American children. Our training program will be conducted under the guidance of our sister organization, Foundation Mira Canada;
the preeminent school in the world
for guide dogs for children.
We will expand and offer mobility assistance dogs. These dogs help children that have difficulty walking and those confined by wheelchairs get around easier and generally assist them with tasks.
The training process for service dogs is extremely rigorous. Dogs that do not qualify as guides or mobility assistants will be trained to support children with autism.
The space will include spacious housing for our valued pups. There will be 6 kennels that have access to both inside and outside areas. We will also have a puppy area and bathing areas.
We want to have a welcoming area so people in our community can come visit our wonderful space. We hope to establish a strong volunteer base in the community.
The facility will have an area that is dedicated to training our dogs and students. This will have spacious areas for service dog training as well as equipment for activities.
Kids and families from all over the country will be flying in to train with our dogs. We want a space where they can relax and unwind after a long day of training.
We will be storing dog food, training equipment, maintenance and cleaning supplies, as well as animal health records.
Mira Foundation USA depends on support from individuals like yourself, community organizations, businesses, and foundations. Please consider helping us in the establishment of this wonderful facility. If you would like to help us build this wonderful service dog school for American children, please consider donating or becoming a sponsor. Email email@example.com if you have any questions or visit our website to donate online at www.mirausa.org !
Julia and her guide dog Tokyo with a Mira trainer.