The ARA is pleased to announce that Assistance Dogs Australia is the nominated charity for the 15th International Symposium in July 2019.
At our 2017 Symposium, through the generosity of our delegates and sponsors we raised over $18,000 for Assistance Dogs Australia.
Assistance Dogs Australia provides freedom and independence to people with disabilities and understand the important bond between humans and dogs.They train Assistance Dogs to perform a range of tasks for people living with disabilities, ensuring that an Assistance Dog is not only man’s best friend, but man’s most helpful friend too.
Every Assistance Dog undergoes tailored training to meet the individual needs of their new owner. They support people living with physical disabilities, autism, post-traumatic stress and dementia, as well as schools and care facilities.
It can take up to two years and costs over $30,000 to train each dog. Assistance Dogs are placed completely free of charge with their new owner, providing life-changing support for up to 10 years.