Who we are

Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of non-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. Founded in 1986 from a group of seven small programs, ADI has become the leading authority in the Assistance Dog industry.

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ADI Summary Overview, Vision, Mission and Governance


ADI fosters a collaborative global community dedicated to the highest standards of excellence for the assistance dog industry.


A global network of organizations collaborating to ensure high quality assistance dogs create new paths of possibilities for the individuals they support.


MEMBER SERVICE:We are a non-profit, member-driven and transparent organization. We hold ourselves accountable for meeting and exceeding our members" expectations.

COLLABORATION:We work together in relationships based in mutual trust with everyone dedicated to creating a better future for people in partnership with assistance dogs.

EXCELLENCE:We are committed to innovation and continuous learning, to achieve the highest standards for service, quality and ethical practice.

DOG HEALTH & WELFARE:To ensure the physical and emotional safety of assistance dogs. We are committed to training methods, care and treatment that demonstrate partnership, appreciation and respect.

RESPECT:We treat all persons with dignity regardless of differences in race, sex, religion, culture or ability. We seek out opportunities to be culturally responsive, and to enhance diversity and inclusion.

Assistance Dogs organizations that pass ADI’s accreditation process become ADI Accredited Member programs, and are regularly assessed to ensure they meet the highest standards in the industry.


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Why should my organization become accredited?

Assistance Dogs International membership provides the opportunity to belong to a worldwide organization of assistance dog organizations that share a mission of training and placing the highest quality of trained assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities to improve their quality of life.

ADI facilitates the exchange of best practices, knowledge of industry trends, further education of its members and the public, and the opportunity to be involved in the development of the highest standards in the assistance dog industry. ADI offers support to new and existing assistance dog not-for-profit programs that wish to improve their quality of operations.

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Accredited membership benefits include:An accreditation and evaluation process that ensures that all ADI Standards are implemented, maintained and current to the highest standards around the world.Immediate credibility is awarded to our members due to the outstanding reputation of ADI as the leader in the industry.Ability to state they are meeting "ADI Standards", which are the highest standards in the assistance dog industry.An invitation to attend all regional and international ADI Conferences to share best practices, education and facilitate information.Opportunity to network and build relationships with staff and other programs that meet ADI Standards and share similar values and ethics.Opportunity to submit nominations for leadership positions for regional and international board positions and participation in board committees.Listing in the accredited members Program Search on ADI website for individuals seeking an assistance dog.Access to the “Members Area” on the ADI website for access to confidential information and resources including detailed information on public access laws.Placement of available employment opportunities on our ADI website.Participation in Trainer’s Registration Program (currently under revision).Receive ADI E-Newsletter.Networking with other accredited and candidate programs via closed Facebook Group Pages (Directors, Training Directors, Puppy Raiser Managers, IWDR Database Group, etc.)Opportunities to be involved with regional legislative advocacy to address issues and access laws related to the rights of individuals partnered with assistance dogs.Display ADI Accreditation Logo on their letterhead, website, marketing materials instrict coherence to the ADI Style Guide.Participation in American Airlines Puppies in Flight Program. (ADI North America)Opportunity to apply for the ABC Breeding Cooperative Program. (ADI North America)Accredited member graduates fly with ease on international airlines with appropriate documentation.Accredited member graduates USA military veterans may receive Dog of Record benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) for veterinary expenses.Accredited member graduates have access to all United States VA facilities and military basesAbility to participate in CEN Working Groups.Ability to participate in regional groups such as Assistance Dogs UK and others.

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