Australian Lions Hearing Dogs was conceived in 1980 when two Lions, PDG Bob Allen and PDG Brian Carter, attending an International Lions Convention in the USA, discovered the Hearing Dog Training Centre in Colorado. At the Multiple District Convention in Canberra the Lions Clubs of Australia voted to fund this project.
A property was acquired at Verdun in the Adelaide Hills. Gale Gould from the American program came out for two years to start the project.
The first dog, Amber, sponsored by the Lions Club of Edwardstown, was delivered on 10th April 1982 to Mrs M Bragg, at Para Vista , Adelaide.
Since the program’s inception over 550 dogs have been delivered to deaf and hard of hearing people nationwide as a gift from the Lions Clubs of Australia. Currently there are Australian Lions Hearing Dogs assisting their owners in every State and Territory in Australia.
Tours are available of the National Headquarters and Training Centre by prior arrangement only. Tours book up quickly, please contact us for more information.
Australian Lions Hearing Dogs (ALHD) is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI). To maintain our membership ALHD must comply with standards set down by ADI that cover training of both clients and dogs, animal welfare, administration and more.
More information on ADI can be found at www.assistancedogsinternational.org.