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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.

Assistance Dogs Australia provides a free service to people with disabilities. Our recipients include those born with developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy and spina bifida, those who acquire debilitating illnesses like multiple sclerosis, and those who have been in tragic accidents and will never walk again. 

We also provide dogs for children with autism, people living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and are excited to launch a new pilot working with people living at home with dementia.

Each Assistance Dog takes two years to train and requires an investment of over $35,000 – however Assistance Dogs are provided to people living with disabilities free of charge throughout Australia.

As a result of our program these highly trained dogs allow recipients to have greater mobility, gain confidence and allow them to have higher self-esteem.

What are the different types of Assistance Dogs?

Visit our Apply For A Dog Page for details on the different types of dogs available to those in need. 

Why we need your support

Every dog trained costs over $35,000. This covers all training, food, veterinary treatment, kennelling costs, placement and follow up care.

Assistance Dogs are placed free of charge with their new owner. With no government funding, we rely solely on the generosity and philanthropy of individuals and organsiations.

We have over 100 people on our waiting list, with an estimated two years waiting time for a dog.

Assistance Dogs Australia:

  • Places Assistance Dogs with people with disabilities free of charge.
  • Offers a lifetime of support.
  • Ensure that Assistance Dogs are trained to the highest standard to offer the most help they can.
  • Is a registered charity which does not receive government funding and relies on the generosity of the public to provide its valuable services to the community.
  • Is accredited by Assistance Dogs International.
  • Has DGR Status.


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