Lions hearing dogs have the same access rights as guide dogs for the blind. Our dogs are easily identified by their bright orange collars and leads. They may also be wearing an orange jacket with a Lions hearing dog logo. This makes it easy for business owners, public transport workers and the general public to identify them.
Dog owners must also carry an identification card that proves that their dog is a genuine hearing dog. If you’re in doubt, you should ask to see the card. You are welcome to ring us to confirm the dog’s authenticity.
By law, hearing dogs and the owners must be given access to every public place that people without dogs can go, with only a few special exclusions such as burns units in hospitals. Severe penalties, in some states up to $50,000, can apply to anyone who denies access to a hearing dog.
It is also an offence to attempt to pass a pet dog off as a hearing dog.