Who we help

David and TessieIf you are interested in applying for one of our dogs please click here.

Our assistance dogs are trained to meet the needs of individuals with even the most complex physical disabilities. We currently help adults aged 18 and over (both civilians and former service personnel) who have a physical disability or condition that affects their daily life and limits their independence.

Some of the disabilities and conditions we work with are:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal injuries and head injuries
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis and scoliosis
  • Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Friedrich’s ataxia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones)

We are working in partnership with Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and other services organisations to provide assistance dogs for veterans and those wounded in service.

People who are not eligible to apply

Canine Partners’ primary focus is to help adults with physical disabilities. This means that sadly we do not provide assistance dogs to:

  • People under the age of 18
  • Those whose sole reason for applying relates to epilepsy, autism, dementia or mental health issues

For more information about other assistance dog charities that may be able to help people with these disabilities, please visit our assistance dog charities information page.

Some of our amazing partnerships

There are hundreds of disabled people across the UK partnered with our dogs, each with a different story to tell about how their lives have been enhanced by our amazing canine partners.

From our blog…

Meet Harriet, from Kidderminster

After being diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) when she was just nine years old, Harriet’s condition worsened as she got older. She became a full-time wheelchair user after breaking her ankle at the age of 22.… read more

Posted 3 days ago in the Our partnerships category

From our blog…

Meet Jane, from Edinburgh

In 2009, a sudden spinal abscess and onset meningitis almost killed Jane Knights. Against the odds Jane survived, but was left with the realisation that she would never walk again.… read more

Posted 2 months ago in the Our partnerships category

From our blog…

Meet Jon, from the Isle of Wight

In 2007, Jon Giemza-Pipe was injured while serving in Iraq as a Major in the Royal Artillery. His injury meant that Jon was medically discharged from the forces after 22 years of service. … read more

Posted 2 months ago in the Our partnerships category

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