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© Paws for Diabetics Inc, 2006 - 2013. ABN 26 994 694 733

About PFD

Paws for Diabetics Inc is a charitable non-profit organisation of dedicated volunteers, involved in training and placement of diabetic alert assistance dogs for Australians.

We specialise in:


  • Training and certifying dogs for hypoglycaemic (low blood sugar) alert
  • Studying and developing formal training protocols to be implemented in the Paws for Diabetics Inc program            
  • Training recipients in the proper care and use of Paws for Diabetics Inc assistance dogs
  • Providing post placement follow-up services to assist with continued training and evaluation of Paws for Diabetic Inc assistance dogs
  • Educating organisations, businesses and the general public about the rights of certified assistance dogs and their handlers

There are two programs available to get a diabetic alert assistance dog:

            Centre trained program: This program provides the diabetic person with a fully trained diabetic alert assistance dog. This program is currently unavailable, it will be in operation as soon as we have the funds and facilities to accommodate it.

            Owner / Handler trained program: This program is designed for owners who wish to train their own diabetic alert assistance dog. This program is very demanding and requires serious commitment. **

** Please note that while our organisation will work with you closely to maximise your chances of success, many dogs do not have the temperament required to complete both the public access test and our high standards of training. An owner/handler may have to train several dogs before finding the right dog for the work that is required.

We believe that having a diabetic alert assistance dog may increase the independence, safety and mobility of the diabetic person, providing them with a higher confidence to go out in the general public on theira own without the need to rely on family or friends to accompany them. This will put an end to the isolation that is often faced when one is afraid to go out for fear of having a hypoglycaemic episode.