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WHO?

ABOUT OUR DOGS

ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIPS

GOVERNANCE

WHO ARE DOGS FOR THE DISABLED?

Dogs for the Disabled is a unique charity founded in 2007 to improve the lives of children and adults living with physical disabilities in Ireland. We deliver approximately 25 fully trained assistance dogs each year to our profoundly disabled partners. We operate on a budget of c. €300,000 per year. We have 5 core staff and the rest of our team is made up of our wonderful volunteers.

  • We have developed a unique Assistance Dog Stability Programme for children.
  • Our long term vision is to have a global reach by replicating our Assistance Dog Stability Programme around the world.
  • We support each of our dogs for their entire life – from birth through to retirement.
  • We run an ethical breeding and training programme – breeding and training all our own dogs in-house.
  • Our goal is to continue serving and helping the most vulnerable in society.
  • We work with the Irish Prison Service whereby inmates are actively involved in taking care and training of our pups.
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What our Partners Pay for one of our Assistance Dogs
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What we spend on each of our Assistance Dogs over their Entire Lifetime
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We Do Not Receive ANY Irish Government Funding
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The Waiting List for one our Assistance Dogs
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Assistance Dogs Trained Every Year

ABOUT OUR DOGS

Our assistance dogs are specially trained to assist physically disabled children and adults to carry out a range of practical tasks in order to achieve greater independence. Every dog is trained to help with simple everyday tasks such as opening/closing doors, picking up dropped items, emptying the washing machine, sending for help or even helping a child with severe walking difficulties to walk with greater ease and balance. Each dog is trained to cater for the needs of the specific client to enable them to live life with greater independence.

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ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIPS

Each Assistance Dog is trained to help his or her new partner but is also reliant on them to provide for their needs including exercise, feeding, love and care. As a result, encourages the them to become more active and outgoing in their community by taking their assistance dog for walks and engaging with the public at large. Thus increases confidence, encourages them to take up new activities e.g. returning to work or further education. Our partnerships have found the experience for getting an assistance dog life changing.

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GOVERNANCE

We hold ourselves accountable to a very high standard of governance. Here are some examples of how we do this:

Our Board Members

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Accredited by Assistance Dogs International
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Ethical Breeding Programme (We Breed ALL our Dogs In-House)
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Transparent Code of Governance
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Compliant with The Governance Code
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We are Members of Charities Institute Ireland’s Triple Lock Standard

YOU CAN HELP TRANSFORM A CHILD’S LIFE TODAY

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85% of our applicants are children living with a physical disability and the difference one of our highly trained assistance dogs makes is priceless. We depend entirely on donors like you, as we do not receive any government funding!

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