Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland Call on the Cork Business Community to support Urgent Appeal for Funding.

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) has been providing communities with its autism assistance programme for over a decade. Highly skilled dogs are trained to facilitate a more independent and socially inclusive life for autistic children and their families. And to keep them safe. Right now, however, 35 families are stuck in limbo. A tough fundraising climate means the programme to train these specialised dogs is at risk of being curtailed. This threatens so many children’s well-being

As a charity, we are aware that the Cork business community are being approached for support every day but please take a few moments to listen to how Lynn, one of our assistance dogs, transformed the lives of Mikey, his sister Heather and his parents.

Every year, AADI gets almost 1,000 requests from families in desperate need of these brilliant dogs. After 12 months of training, each dog has basic skills suited for less complex needs. But once in advanced training, the dogs require another six months to learn additional skills of safeguarding and support. In 2022, AADI only has the capacity to help 35 families. Vital funding for autism assistance dog training has been knocked by unfolding world events. To ensure these parents and children get the assistance dogs they so badly need, AADI must raise an additional €100,000 by year end. Otherwise, the dog training programme may be greatly reduced. 

AADI are calling on the Cork Business Community to support an urgent appeal to get these dogs through the final stage of their training. Every euro will help bring about wonderful changes that will carry forward into the adult life of each autistic child.  To donate please visit