Prior to the founding of Veterans With Dogs there were no formally recognised programmes for providing Assistance Dogs for those with psychological injuries in the United Kingdom.
Whilst there was provision for an overlapping need, the priority centred on the primary needs of those with physical disabilities.
The recognition of dogs working with psychological disabilities is still very much in its' infancy here in the UK. However, we have addressed this need by developing a programme specifically for British Veterans, appropriate to the standards specified by Assistance Dogs International.
Clinicians and professionals are already seeing the benefits of a partnership with a dog and how this can transform lives. We are working together, along with guidance from supporting organisations within Assistance Dogs (UK), to deliver a cohesive and sustainable training programme for the future.
VETERANS WITH DOGSqualifies and 'licenses' the dog partnership by independent assessment.
WE WISH TO THANK ALL THE MEMBER ORGANISATIONS OF ASSISTANCE DOGS (UK) FOR THEIR CONTINUING GUIDANCE AND HELP THROUGHOUT OUR DEVELOPMENT.
We are unable to offer any form of registration for dogs outside of the PALS programme, and we cannot provide jackets or identification for any dog who is not part of the programme.