Defence Community Dogs – Improving the Lives of Veterans. One paw at a Time

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 firsthand how our dogs are helping Veterans to overcome the challenges of PTSD.

For Veterans & families

Our program is available to serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members. If you are considering applying for an Assistance Dog, follow this link for important information about the process involved and how to apply.

Defence Community Dogs is the only independent program in Australia that trains dogs to Assistance Dog level and provides them free-of-charge to Australian Defence Force Veterans. It costs around $30,000 over the life of the dog to train, place and support each Assistance Dog and Veteran in our program.

Please support our program today through a tax-deductible donation, fundraising or by making a purchase in our online shop.

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