At ADUK we believe in empowering people and services through sharing information and knowledge.

ADUK has created and curated a range of information based on questions that we are frequently asked questions.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, please take a look at our other information pages.

Support Dogs Dog

ADUK member organisations will each have their own process to rehome their retired dogs.
Some ADUK members will have a small number of unqualified dogs that require rehoming.

It is important to note that these dogs haven’t been able to become assistance dogs for a reason and sometimes that is due to behavioural or health issues.

If you would like to talk about rehoming, then you’ll need to contact the ADUK members direct by visiting the members page

In the UK there is no set route to becoming an assistance dog trainer, and there are no specific qualifications.

The role of dog trainer is hugely diverse and may include working with recipients, members of the public, staff and volunteers as well as dogs.

Therefore, the best thing to do is to get a good grounding in positive training techniques and if possible, carry out work experience in a range of different areas.

At ADUK we don’t keep or train assistance dogs so we cannot provide specific information as each of our members employs their own staff and has their own recruitment and training processes and procedures.

You will find more information about our member’s training or job opportunities by speaking to them directly using the contact details for them on our website page at  Find an Assistance Dog Charity – ADUK ( or you can browse a selection of jobs from our members on our job page at  Jobs – ADUK (


According to the Society for Companion Animal Studies, the term Therapy Dog describes a dog that is used to benefit people in a therapeutic way.  This includes quite a wide range of potential activities with a wide range of potential people and clients.  Some pets take part in visiting programmes, whilst others take part in structured activities as part of a therapeutic programme or practice

There are no ADUK members or candidates that offer training for people who want their dogs to become therapy dogs.

The charity Pets As Therapy may be able to help.

ADUK welcomes donations but please note that ADUK does not train assistance dogs.

ADUK carries out work that supports the vital work of our members, such as increasing awareness around assistance dogs and helping our members work together. All donations to ADUK go towards funding this work.

If you would like to donate to ADUK cheques can be made out to Assistance Dogs UK and sent to:

Assistance Dogs UK
C/o Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
The Grange, Wycombe Road
Saunderton, Princes Risborough
HP27 9NS.

You might also want to consider making a donation to one of our members. Visit our members page to find out more about each of them and the dogs they train.

Many of our members gratefully accept donations of puppies from a littler.

Visit our members page to select which organisation you would like to make your donation to and contact them directly.

Each ADUK member has their own volunteer recruitment, programs and opportunities.

You will find information about their opportunities and the types of assistance dogs they train here on our members page.

ADUK members are based all around England. If you are looking for a speaker to come to your group or school then you should identify which member is near you and contact them directly to enquire.

You can find contact details for each organisation along with the types of assistance dogs they train on our members page

ADUK is currently developing a range of educational materials and resources that service providers and educators will be able to use.

ADUK also hopes to soon be able to offer training for services providers who would like to develop their organisations understanding of assistance dogs.

In the meantime, you can request an ADUK window sticker by getting in touch through our contact form.