Who We Are

Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of not-for-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. Founded in 1986 from a group of seven small programs, ADI has become the leading authority in the Assistance Dog industry.

Members of ADI meet regularly to share ideas and conduct business regarding educating the public about assistance dogs, advocating for the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs, and the setting of standards and establishing guidelines and ethics for the training of these dogs.

The objectives of Assistance Dogs International are to:A seated woman is leaning her head against a yellow labrador retriever sitting to her right. Both are looking directly at the camera. The dog is wearing a purple assistance dog vest.

  • Establish and promote standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership
  • Facilitate communication and learning among member programs
  • Educate the public to the benefits of Assistance Dogs and ADI membership.

ADI Board of Directors

The ADI Board is made of up nominated representatives of the regional boards with additional elected At-Large members. Link to our Board members.

Regional Chapters

ADI membership is divided into a number of regional chapters across the world. Regional chapters shall facilitate the advancement of ADI's purposes at the regional level, and develop programs and services that address the unique needs of ADI Members in the applicable region. A Regional Chapter exists, and members are assigned, when there are at least five ADI Accredited Members located in that region. 

Programs Search

ADI has accredited member programs across the world. Find out where the programs are located.
If you would like to apply for an assistance dog, please use the Programs Search to find an assistance dog program that serves your area.