We provide Autism Assistance Dogs and Disability Assistance Dogs FREE. However once a dog has passed their Public Access Certification Test the recipients are responsible for the up-keep of the dog. However Assistance Dogs NI will continue to own the dog.
Whilst the Charity provide our Assistance Dogs free of charge, the Charity still own the Assistance Dog. However we are not in a position to cover the costs during the Assistance Dogs life. Once an Assistance Dog has qualified the recipient of the Assistance Dog will be responsible for the purchase of a number of items that the dog will need and the costs associated with having a dog. The approximate cost per year is £1,551.68.
Having an Assistance Dog is akin to having a toddler. Every day, without fail, your dog must be cared for. They will need to be exercised, attend to their toileting, on-going training maintained, groomed and mental & physical exercise/stimulation.
Working with an Assistance Dog places you in the centre of the public eye. Everywhere you go, people will stare, point and gawk at you. When you have an Assistance Dog you will never be invisible. People will stop and engage in conversation, ask lots of questions. Going places may take longer and you will be an ambassador for ADNI.
You are going to have to work hard learning how to handle your Assistance Dog.
Assistance Dogs are not robots, sometimes they have bad days too. You have to provide the structure, guidelines and boundaries necessary for your Assistance Dog to thrive and to be able to serve your child to the best of your ability.
When receiving an Assistance Dog, you will need to purchase the following items:
Crate (Available to buy from ADNI at cost price)
Dog Food Approximately
1 Water Non-slip Bowl
1 Food Non-slip Bowl
1 Collapsible Bowl
ID for Assistance Dogs
Brush £4.00 & Furminator £25.00
Backpack for Child
Purina Dental Life 12 sticks
Seat Belt Harness Restraint
Safety Attachment and Clip
Pet First Aid Kit
Working Dog Insurance
Initial Outlay Approximately:
However the above is only a guide.
This will cost approximately £15-£20 per week.
£46.00 per month x 12
(The Assistance Dog will require worming every
3 months. £8.00 (approximately) x 4.
(The Assistance Dog will require flea treatment every 3 months. £8.00 (approximately) x 4.
Veterinary Fees Annual Vaccination plus Kennel
Working Dog insurance
The working insurance for the dog is approximately £280 per year increasing each year as the dog gets older.
There will also be the insurance excess of £100.00
Purina Dental Life 365
Sticks one at night.
Poop Bags Biodegradable
1,095 approx 3 bags per day.
If you are unable to take your Assistance Dog with
you. Approximately £100 – 150 for one week.
Pet Passport approximate cost
Approximate Total Cost
YEARLY COST Approximately
£1,551.68 per year increasing yearly due to working dog insurance.
Responsibility of Caring for the Assistance Dog
Having an Assistance Dog will add additional work to your family life, the dog will require daily exercise up to two hours per day. He/she will require grooming daily & there will be dog hair and muddy paws within the family home. The cost of replacement equipment will be your responsibility too.
If you have other pets you need to consider that another dog will bring extra work and additional financial costs.