Charities

Assistance Dogs Australia

WHO WE ARE

Founded in 1996, Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence. We were recently accredited by Assistance Dogs International, making us the first and only assistant dog organisation to be accredited in the Southern Hemisphere.

WHAT WE DO

Puppies are trained through the assistance of volunteer puppy raisers in 3 states or through innovative programs such as our Pups in Prison a training programs in Kirkconnell, Junee and Darling Downs correctional facilities and the new Justice Pups program in the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre.

During their training the dogs also take part in Aged care visiting schemes and our new Reading Labs program to assist school students with reading difficulties.

Located in Heathcote south of Sydney and operating with nine staff Assistance Dogs Australia has been recently granted a parcel of land on which to build Australia’s first purpose built assistance dog facility.

WHY WE DO IT

We are passionate about training dogs to assist people with physical disabilities, to give people more confidence and to help them achieve a greater level of independence. As a result of our programs, highly trained dogs allow recipients to have greater mobility, gain confidence and have higher self-esteem.