Assistance Dogs International, Inc.:
National Service Dogs has been a member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) since 2000, achieving full accreditation in 2008. ADI sets standards for the worldwide assistance dog movement, with the purpose of improving the training, placement, and utilization of Assistance Dogs, as well as staff and volunteer education and management. Members of ADI meet regularly to share ideas, attend seminars, and conduct business regarding such things as educating the public about Assistance Dogs and the legal rights of individuals with disabilities partnered with them, setting standards and establishing guidelines and ethics for the training of these dogs, and improving the utilization and bonding of each team.
As members of ADI, our dogs must pass a strict Public Access Test to become certified, and are provided to clients free of charge.
National Service Dogs is currently preparing for accreditation through Imagine Canada’s new Standards Program. The program is designed to strengthen public confidence in the charitable and non-profit sector and offers accreditation to charities and nonprofits that can demonstrate excellence in five key areas: board governance, financial accountability and transparency, ethical fundraising, staff management, and volunteer involvement.