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General FAQs

I'm looking for a service dog. How can I get a dog from Assistance Dogs International?

Assistance Dogs International does not provide or train dogs. It is an organization made up of individual programs that train dogs. Click on accredited members search to locate a program that may be able to train a dog for you.

Can you give me the names of your member organizations?

A list of ADI affiliated organizations is available by clicking on Members Search. You will have to contact each organization individually to get more information.

What is the difference between a for-profit and a non-profit organization?

The key thing that defines a for profit is the way that the program accounts for the money it generates. Non-profit programs generate their income in many different ways but they all have an unpaid board to oversee the governance of the program that has ultimate responsibility to ensure the income is applied to meet the stated aims of the program in an honest and accountable way. or-profit organizations can operate without an accountable board and/or the income is paid to shareholders and/or owners of the for-profit busineses.

Can I donate my dog to Assistance Dogs International?

Assistance Dogs International is a coalition of programs that provide assistance dogs to people with disabilities, not a program that provides dogs. Some ADI member programs accept donated dogs, but you will need to contact the individual programs for information on their policies regarding donated dogs.

Does Assistance Dogs International do demonstrations?

No, although we occasionally have an information table at dog and disability events. If you would like an assistance dog demonstration, look on the ADI member programs on the Members Search and contact the program nearest you. Most programs are happy to schedule demonstrations of their working dogs for your group or club.

Do you accept donations?

Yes, and all donations are tax-deductible. Assistance Dogs International is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization registered in the United States. You may wish to donate to a regional chapter of ADI.

Do you have a glossary to explain terms used on the website?

Please click here to view our glossary.