Assistance Dogs


The Australian Government has today committed $55 million to better support the wellbeing of Australian Veterans. This commitment consists of $22 million in funding to provide psychiatric assistance dogs to veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and $33 million to extend access to free medical treatment for veterans. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh […]

Defence Community Dogs provides highly trained Assistance Dogs to Australian Defence Force Veterans. Trained in specific tasks to support mood, depressive and anxiety disorders including PTSD. The dogs who graduate from our program help Veterans to rebuild their lives – and literally save their lives. Watch the video to meet Mick and Lola and see […]

AN important step forward in supporting veterans and their families has been reached with the first two dogs, Zuma and Leon, provided to veterans under the Federal Government’s Psychiatric Assistance Dogs program. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the Government has listened to veterans, ex-service organisations and the wider ex-service community about the role […]