AUTISM DOG SERVICES SAFETY, COMPANIONSHIP, INDEPENDENCE
Autism Dog Services is a Canadian organization making a difference, fostering the integration of children with autism by training, placing and supporting dogs that offer safety, companionship and independence.
Learn about our services and how to apply for a service dog.
ADS places dogs with children in between the ages of three to 18 years of age. ADS does not require an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis to be considered for our program. If a child has challenges which present in a similar manner to Autism we will evaluate the need to determine if a service dog would provide beneficial support to the child.
Home Trained Service Dogs
Training Instructors get to know each dog in a very personal way to make suitable matches.
ADS fosters close working relationships with the families that receive dogs.
Autism Specific Resources
We provide you with educational resources about autism and our services dogs.
Dogs that dont graduate and become service dogs make great family pets and go up for adoption.
PUPPY RAISING & SITTING
RAISE A PUPPY
Give the gift of fostering a future service dog and help a child with autism in need today!
Volunteers must reside in Southwestern Ontario (Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo, Cambridge, Hamilton, Niagara, Brantford, Western GTA and London and areas in this circle) and be able to travel to attend bi-weekly puppy classes. You must also have the ability to exercise the dog in a safe fenced in space.
Volunteer Puppy Sitters provide short term care for our puppies in training.
Sitters are responsible for providing a safe home environment and caring for a puppy’s day to day needs and well-being. Puppy sitting is also a good way to begin in our volunteer program if you are interested in raising a puppy but aren’t quite ready for the long term commitment involved. All food and equipment necessary will be provided.
Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month, beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. This year marks the 15th annual World Autism Awareness Day.
Throughout the month, we focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support. This year, we are committed to creating a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential.
Lukey joining our family has been life changing for us. Not having to worry so much about Ryan’s safety while out in public is amazing. We are doing things we haven’t tried in years."
Ryan's mom, Kristen
Bella works with our daughter Jaime who is on the autism spectrum. Our lives have changed since Bella has been with us. We are now able to go to many places that in the past were impossible to enter. Bella grounds Jaime by giving her a sense of security. Bella has given us, Jaime’s parents, a safety-net feeling where we know Jaime won’t bolt into traffic or run away. We all feel a sense of relief because of our autism service dog.”
Deb Lytle, Jaime’s mom
Alex has a compulsive tendency to touch things. It severely impaired his day to day life. Going short distances took a considerable amount of time because he had to touch everything! Now with Pepsi at his side, he walks confidently and with virtually no tapping! Pepsi also keeps Alex focused on the task at hand and prevents him from wandering away.”
Diana Alves, Alex’s mom
PEOPLE WHO TRUST US
102 North Park St. Brantford, ON N3R 4K1