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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does puppy sponsorship last?

It usually takes around 18 months for a puppy to complete its training and qualify as an assistance dog.  However sometimes it takes a little less or even a bit longer, dependent upon the individual dog.   We will always write to you once your sponsorship is completed to see if you would like to sponsor another young recruit.

2. Am I the only person sponsoring the puppy?

As it costs around £10,000 to train and place an assistance dog with a person with disabilities, there will be other people sponsoring your chosen puppy.

3. Can I meet my sponsored puppy?

As your puppy will be living with a family throughout most of its training period, it won’t be possible for you to visit your puppy.  However, you are very welcome to attend one of our open events at our centres in Banbury or Wakefield, where you will be able to meet other young dogs in training and some older ones too.

4. How can I sponsor a Dogs for the Disabled puppy?

The easiest way to sponsor a puppy is by making regular gifts through direct debit. You will find a very simple form to fill in on our website to sign up today. If you would like to find out more about the payment options available to you, please call 01295 252600 and we will be more than happy to help you.

5. Do all puppies qualify as assistance dogs?

It takes a very special dog to learn all the skills required to be an assistance dog and we hope your puppy will make it through the training, indeed around 70% of them do.  However, if your puppy does not make the grade, we will write to you with details of another puppy that you can follow.