Dogs For Kids is a not for profit organisation based in Victoria, Australia.

Dogs for Kids provides Assistance and Therapy dogs for children whose everyday activities are restricted by physical, intellectual, sensory, social and emotional challenges

Anyone with a four-legged best friend knows the benefits of their unconditional love and loyalty. Imagine a dog that is not only loving and loyal, but has also been expertly trained to help a child. Our dogs are taught to intuitively prevent bolting, reduce meltdowns and decrease self-harm behaviours. They also help children to sleep better, build confidence and reduce their anxiety.

The comfort and companionship that our dogs provide children is hard to measure, yet so easy to see. It’s a beautiful relationship and one that we are proud to establish and support.

We promote inclusion and break down social barriers in order to realise potential, and foster wellbeing, love and friendship.

Our History

Dogs for Kids was founded by qualified guide dog trainer Katie Hunter in 2012. After being involved in a pilot program working with dogs and children living with autism, and seeing the positive outcomes of the relationships, Katie started Dogs for Kids so she could continue facilitating this important work.

Dogs for Kids continues to evolve and has a growing network of clients, trainers, foster families and volunteers.

Our Purpose

We exist to make lives better. Our purpose is to promote inclusion and break down social barriers in order to realise potential, and foster wellbeing, love and friendship.

Our practices operate to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Our Board Members

We rely on your kindness and generosity