Established in 1987, Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of nonprofit assistance dog organizations. Its primary goals are to:
- Establish high standards for assistance dog training, partnering processes, and use
- Help member organizations communicate and benefit from reliable information
- Advocate for people with disabilities who are partnered with assistance dogs
- Educate the public about assistance dogs and access rights
Acquiring from an ADI-Accredited Assistance Dog Provider
Assistance Dogs International does not train or place assistance dogs; rather, it accredits providers. Acquiring a service, hearing, or guide dog from an ADI-accredited provider is an important steps in ensuring you partner with a well-trained, well-treated animal who’s a good match for your needs and personal preferences.
- ADI evaluates a variety of areas when accrediting programs, including:
- Safety and cleanliness of the training facility
- Fair, ethical treatment of clients
- Proper healthcare for the dogs
- Humane training methods
- Criteria for screening suitability of dogs and clients
- Criteria for matching dogs and clients
- Criteria for administration of all program operations
- Compliance with all legal regulations
To find an ADI-accredited assistance dog provider, use the organization’s online Programs Search.
ADI Guide to Assistance Dog Laws
As part of its education and advocacy efforts, ADI offers an in-depth resource about laws pertaining to assistance dog partners and trainers in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand. This comprehensive guide covers areas such as public access, housing, licensing, fees, identification, misrepresentation, and others.