Dogs for Diabetics, Originally Accredited 2007, Re-accredited 2012
Dogs for Diabetics is a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International, having achieved its initial accreditation in August 2007, 3 years after its organization as a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.
Assistance Dogs International, Inc. is a coalition of not-for-profit organizations that train and place Assistance Dogs. It was established to improve the training, placement, and utilization of Assistance Dogs. See the attached brochure from ADI reflecting their Gold Seal Achievement.
Assistance Dogs International Inc.’s Mission
The objective of Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) is to:
- Establish and promote standards of excellence in all areas of Assistance Dog acquisition, training and partnership;
- Facilitate communication and learning among member organizations; and,
- Educate the public to the benefits of Assistance Dogs and ADI membership.
ADI offers two categories of membership: Candidate Status and Accredited Full Membership Status. Candidate Status members have 7 years to complete the steps to become a fully-accredited member. Only fully accredited members have voting rights pertaining to ADI policies and standards. The requirements pertaining to each form of membership is provided on their website at www.assistancedogsinternational.org
Benefits of ADI Accreditation
ADI establishes standards for its members. In this fashion, ADI works to improve the Assistance Dog industry. These standards are intended to ensure that dogs are treated humanely, clients are treated ethically with respect and dignity, and training is professional and representative of its standards.
Assistance Dog users trust their lives and safety to their dogs; accordingly, ADI’s standards are intended to assure that its accredited members are providing training for its dogs that assure that trust is well founded.
ADI has established an accreditation process that includes every aspect of running a program. Areas evaluated include:
- Safety and cleanliness of the training facility;
- Fair and ethical treatment of clients;
- Proper health care for the dogs;
- Humane training methods for the dogs;
- Criteria for screening suitability of both dogs and clients;
- Criteria for matching dogs and clients;
- Criteria for administration of all program operations; and,
- Compliance with all legal regulations.
In order to undergo an accreditation review, a Candidate Member, must provide a detailed application, including an extensive set of written materials that detail all elements of the program’s operation. After those materials are provided, a trained assessor will spend several days at the program’s training facility. The assessor will interview staff, clients, volunteers and applicants to assure that all its standards are being met. As of 2012, approximately 80 programs, around the world, have been accredited by ADI and/or by the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF).