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Dogtober 2016 - Assistance Dogs Australia

Assistance Dogs Australia exists to increase the freedom and independence for people living with disabilities. They train Labrador and Golden Retriever puppies through a two-year accredited program, equipping them with the skills to become life changing Assistance Dogs. 

Once trained these dogs help people with physical disabilities in wheelchairs, children with autism, adults diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and couples living with early onset dementia. These incredible dogs aptly learn how to become an extra pair of hands - from loading a washing machine, opening and closing doors, pressing the pedestrian button at lights - to life saving alert calls if their owner is in trouble.

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Their wagging tail and unconditional love also helps relieves social isolation, providing physical and emotional support for the the next 8-10 years of their working life.

These dogs take two years to train at a cost of over $30,000 each and are then given free of charge to people in need.

To date Assistance Dogs have placed over 200 assistance dogs across Australia but they currently have 150 people on their waiting list and it can take up to two years until they are matched with the right Super Puppy...

Dogtober is an official fundraising and awareness month and a fantastic way to get involved with Assistance Dogs, have some fun and help train more super pups to help people with disabilities.

Dogtober is all about "lending a paw" by creating your own doggie themed event or being sponsored to undertake a challenge, which will raise much needed funds and awareness for Assistance Dogs Australia. 

Your events can be as big or small as you want, they can include your family, friends, work colleagues, neighbours, your local school or sporting club – anyone and everyone you know – it’s up to you! 

Your support will enable them to continue this very important work to change the lives of Australians, one dog at a time. 

Dogtober 2016 kicks off on Thursday 6th October from 7am in Martin Place (Sydney) as the city begins the working day! 
Or join the festivities later to celebrate the latest graduating teams of dogs and owners in a joyous afternoon of interviews, speeches and music.

To find out how you can help, please visit


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