We have reviewed our programme and adjusted the way we place companion dogs...
The number of dogs that qualify as an assistance dog have started to increase so therefore we have less companion dogs to rehome.
We have also found that some of our dogs who are withdrawn from the programme are between the ages of 7 & 14 months and so are a little more giddy, will jump, get distracted easily, be strong on the lead and will definitely need some extra training on your part.
Therefore, following a review of our programme, we have decided that instead of having two programmes (Companion and Release dogs) we are now going to place everyone into one "Buddy Dog" waiting list and match accordingly.
As was always the case, a Companion Dog is suitable for a child with autism who doesn’t need a dog for safety when out in public places but may benefit from the companionship of a dog at home. There will be Buddy Dogs available that may be a suitable match as companion dogs for children with autism and those with autism on the Buddy Dog waiting list will be prioritised for such a match.
Please be aware that Companion/Buddy dogs DO NOT have access to public places.
A Buddy Dog can however act as a constant companion to the child with autism in their home environment helping to give them a sense of responsibility, reassurance and support.
If you are interested in applying for one of our Buddy Dogs, please click HERE for more information and how to apply.