Puppy Foster Care


Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland are expanding their puppy programme in Dublin and are seeking to recruit a second ‘Puppy Foster Care Supervisor’.

You can read more about our training program here https://www.autismassistancedogsireland.ie/our-training-program  

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with relevant experience and qualifications.  This is a full-time position, 37.5 hours per week. 

The Role

  • Managing and coordinating the Puppy Foster Care Programme in Dublin
  • Continually monitoring the progress of the puppies,  ensuring they receive the highest standard of socialisation and early training in order to maximise their chances of becoming a qualified working assistance dog.
  • Managing a group of up to 30 volunteer puppy foster carers. The puppies live with their volunteer foster families in the family home. The puppy supervisor meets with them on a regular basis providing ongoing training, support and advice whilst the puppy is in their care.  
  • Recruiting, interviewing and assessing suitable volunteer foster families and boarders to ensure a consistent supply to meet agreed targets.
  • Organising and carrying out puppy training classes in various locations in Dublin
  • Scheduling vet visits and ensuring all the puppies' health and welfare needs are met.
  • Data entry and frequent digital reporting

Who You Are

  • 2+yrs experience of puppy training and development with relevant canine behavior qualifications
  • Willingness to learn and adapt current knowledge to bring your dog handling and puppy training practices in line with AADI’s training methods. 
  • A working knowledge of the assessment of puppy and dog behavior and traits
  • Excellent communicator with demonstrative experience of mentoring/supervising others.
  • You will have the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of people both inside and outside the charity. 
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills
  • Strong planning and organisational skills with the ability to manage a busy workload
  • You must be happy to work autonomously and be confident in managing your diary to ensure optimum efficiency
  • Experience of working with volunteers (desirable)
  • Full clean driving license, a van will be provided
  • Enjoy driving - You will be required to visit the puppies under your supervision regularly, this will involve daily driving in the Dublin area and occasionally driving to Cork.
  • Fluent English is essential & comfortable with IT systems and databases

Who We Are

Founded in 2010, AADI is a national charitable organisation which trains and places highly skilled assistance and companion dogs to provide safety to children in public places or act as a constant companion to the child with autism in their home environment. AADI’s dogs open up a whole new world of opportunity and possibility for children with autism and their families. AADI uses progressive, force free methods keeping the emotional wellbeing and welfare of the dogs at the heart of our training. We are passionate about what we do and how we do it. It is extremely important that the puppies in the puppy scheme are happy, healthy and enjoying their lives. We are an adaptable and flexible team, constantly pushing to achieve our best.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple: To change the world for children with autism. Our dogs can open up a whole new world of opportunity and possibility for children with autism and their families.

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is accredited to Assistance Dogs International. 

You can find a wealth of information about AADI, its training program and current staff team on our website www.aadi.ie


Closing date : Monday 4th March 2022.  

Interviews and assessments will take place in Cork

Please submit your cover letter and CV to nuala@aadi.ie

For more information on this role please contact Nuala on nuala@aadi.ie


Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer