EMPOWER ASSISTANCE DOGS
Empower Assistance Dogs enhance quality of life and independence for people with disabilities by providing professionally trained and government certified guide, hearing and assistance dogs. They were the first organisation that was government certified to train all three types of service dogs – guide, hearing and assistance dogs. The organisation achieves this through a program of selecting, raising and training dogs to assist disabled people with everyday tasks.
Guide, Hearing and Assistance dogs are trained to enhance the quality of life of vision or hearing impaired, and/or physically or mentally challenged persons whilst still maintaining as much independence for the handler. This means that the dog will be a permanent working companion for the disabled handler and will assist with a myriad of guide, noise alert or task work but whilst still having the handler work and interact as much as physically or mentally possible. In many cases, a secondary handler will be necessary to help with health, hygiene and exercise and to give play and environmental enrichment to the dog.
Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs that are fully trained and transitioned across to a handler with government certification and public access rights.
To provide emotional support and interaction to people within the community that may require therapeutic intervention
May work within one or multiple facilities such as medical, dental, aged care or school environment.
Empower Assistance Dogs
"Enhancing Quality of Life"
Ways you can help
Breeding, raising and training Guide, Hearing and Assistance dogs is a very labour intensive endeavour and it usually takes between 1.5 to 2 years and between $25,000 to $55,000 to train and transition a qualified Guide, Hearing or Assistance dog depending on the particular dog that is required. We receive no government funding so we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses or organisations.
Do you want to contribute to changing someone's life? Puppy Carers provide a very important service where they care for pups and give them crucial learning experiences that assist us as service dog trainers to be able to have wonderful candidate pups to then train and partner with a disabled handler.
You can set up one off or recurring donations to help support the training and raising that goes into training these amazing dogs.. "Giving to Empower Assistance Dogs means those in need are empowered to lead a more independent life."
All our Very Important Breeders (VIB's) live in wonderful family homes so they too have quality of life even though they have the very important job of providing us with the puppies to be able to continue this important work. The dogs all have a beautiful life and enjoy every moment at home with their families.