Irish Dogs for the Disabled receives no government funding and we rely entirely on donations to carry out our work.
Irish Dogs for the Disabled is a unique charity founded in 2007 to service a need that previously was not being met in Ireland. We are comprised mainly of volunteers and we receive no government funding to provide our service.
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 plus much more. Each dog is trained to cater for the needs of the specific client to enable them to live life with greater independence.
As a partnership the assistance dog will help it's new client but also is reliant on the client meeting their own needs by excercice, feeding and general love and care. This encourages the client to become more active and outgoing in their community by taking their dog for walks and engaging with the public at large. This in turn increases confidence, encourages them to take up new activities e.g. returning to work or further education. Many of our clients have found the experience life changing.