The idea for Lions Hearing Dogs in Australia was conceived in 1980 when two Lions Past District Governors, who were attending a Lions International Convention in the USA, saw the good work of a hearing dogs training centre in Colorado.
The Lions Clubs of Australia agreed to support and fund a hearing dogs training centre in Australia.
Lions bought a property at Verdun in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia and Gail Gould from the American program came out for two years to start the Lions Hearing Dog program.
The first Lions hearing dog was delivered in 1982 to a recipient from Adelaide. The dog’s name was Amber and the Lions Club of Edwardstown sponsored the dog. Amber died in 1995.
Since 1982 the Lions Hearing Dog Centre has placed nearly 500 hearing dogs with recipients Australia wide.