Our amazing journeyFrances Hay

We’ve come a long way in our 30 year history.

Inspired by the way her own dogs instinctively wanted to help, our founder, Frances Hay (pictured) set up a charity in 1986 with the vision of helping disabled people by training assistance dogs.  Dogs for the Disabled was registered as a charity in 1988.

Over the years, we’ve used this insight to bring independence and companionship to many people through our highly trained assistance dogs for physically disabled children and adults as well as families with a child with autism. Our experience of training and working with assistance dogs over the years inspired us to explore other ways dogs can help individuals, families and communities.

Through our PAWS Family Dog service we’ve helped hundreds of families explore the helping potential of a pet dog. For some people, having their own dog may not be possible. It’s prompted us to look at other ways to bring people and dogs together, and prove just how effective a dog can be.

Recently, we’ve started to train activity and therapy dogs to work with specialist handlers in communities and schools, something that we feel can have a very positive benefit.

We’re learning all the time. The more we learn, the more people we can help to change the lives of, through our highly skilled assistance dogs and much more.