Charities that provide autism assistance dogs do so at a cost upwards of £20,000 per dog and are often only able to provide a very limited number of support dogs a year as they are reliant on gaining full funding.
As a non-profit organisation, our families pay a contribution towards the overall training costs of an Autism Life Dog, allowing us to provide more dogs for more families in a year. Autism Life Dogs aim to keep our costs down as much as possible whilst still wanting to provide top-quality dogs and service.
We continue to create working relationships with charities and other fundraising organisations to offer fully or part-funded Autism Life Dogs and will offer our advice and support where possible to families raising funds.
We offer the following options for Autism Life Dogs:
Our Forever Friends are dogs that have not been bred by us and may previously have been with other services, including other disability support dog training organisations, or living with another family and are in need of a forever family to love them.
Forever Friends are fully-trained adult dogs between 12 – 30 months old. Whilst these dogs have not been with us since birth they must still meet our assessment criteria and have all of the attributes we look for in our very special dogs.
Kindly note that due to increased operational costs the family contribution for a Forever Friend will increase to £7,500 from 1st June 2017.
Our Perfect Pals are bred by top experienced Kennel Club registered breeders and are fully health-checked to ensure they have a first-class heritage; are clear of hereditary disorders or health issues. These puppies are raised by us and trained from 8 weeks old to ensure they have a solid foundation for the important long-term work that they will do.
We currently have three black Labrador puppies named Chumley, Piper and Pepper (born November 2016) who have been bred and chosen to become Autism Life Dogs.
We are currently meeting with prospective families interested in our Perfect Pals programme to match Chumley, Piper and Pepper with the right families according to needs and personality match, and with a view to placing them with their forever families in summer 2017. If you are interested in the Perfect Pals puppies please get in touch with us via our online application form.
If you already have a special dog in your family it may be possible for us to train him or her in the Autism Life Dog Therapy Programme.
This will require one of our team to do a skills assessment on your dog which will determine how long we will need to have them with us in residential training. Our minimum residential placement for bespoke training of the programme is 2 weeks up to 4 weeks and costs start from £3000. Please contact us for more details.
Do get in touch with us to talk through which programme pathway may be most suitable for your family and individual circumstances and we will be happy to guide you through this.