Give the Gift of Independence

Could you give the Gift of Independence?

Our Gift of Independence sponsorship programme gives you the opportunity to play a vital role in the funding of an amazing life-changing partnership between a person with disabilities and one of our specially trained dogs.

From the beginning of the journey when we first source a puppy right through to its retirement, our Gift of Independence sponsorship programme allows you to choose how your generous donation is going to be spent in the journey to transforming lives.

The Gift of Independence sponsorship programme

There are several different stages of our sponsorship programme:

Purchasing a puppy – £800 to £1,000

Our puppies are sourced from our own breeding programme or through our approved breeders.

We are currently in the process of growing our own breeding programme, to help us increase the number of puppies joining our training scheme.

Purchase a puppy and the first stage of training – £5,000

At 8 weeks old, our puppies begin their journey with their volunteer puppy parent.

They will learn the fundamental elements of socialisation by visiting lots of new and exciting places that they will need to be familiar with when out working with their partners as adult dogs.

You can purchase the puppy and support their training for £5,000 which enables you to name the puppy too.

First and second stage of training – £10,000

After 12-14 months with their puppy parent, the now young dog will join us at one of our training centres for their Advanced Training Course, which typically lasts 17 weeks.

This is when the dog will learn the crucial skills necessary to support a person with disabilities.

During the training, the dog will be matched and learn the specific skills needed for their partner’s needs.



For a donation of £10,000 you can name the puppy and support all of the above training.

Martin Smailes with wheelchair assistance dog Keith

Creating a life-changing partnership from recruitment to retirement – £20,000

Following successful completion of the Advanced Training and the partnership is formed; we then provide ongoing aftercare for the duration of the partnership, on average 10 years. This costs a further £10,000.

Give the Gift of Independence to a person with disabilities by choosing to sponsor the lifetime of a partnership.



Natalie Preston with canine partner Faye

“Since meeting her, the world around me has become brighter every day. Before having Faye I was very shy and self-conscious. I would worry about what other people thought of me, but Faye has completely changed that. People actually talk to me now, rather than talking about me or just ignoring me. She has completely turned my life around. I could not possibly imagine being without Faye. She’s given me my life back and she’s given me a future to look forward to.”

– Natalie Preston with canine partner Faye

When choosing any of the packages you will receive:

  • An introduction letter and photo of the puppy that we have been able to purchase and train with your gift.
  • A second update at around six months into its puppy training.
  • An update when he or she progresses into advanced training.
  • An update and a photo of the dog as he or she comes to the end of the two-week training course with his or her new partner.
  • An invite to the graduation of the partnership which normally takes place 12 months into the working partnership.

For £5,000 and over, you will also receive some additional updates and opportunities along the sponsorship journey in addition to the above.

If you have any questions about our Gift of Independence sponsorship programme please contact us, on 01730 716051 or email

Any other questions?

Get in touch with our Gift of Independence team who will be happy to help.

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