PADS was presented with our fifth Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accreditation at the #ADITogether conference in Concord, California last week. On hand to receive the certificate was (in the top photo left to right): Heather Kidd, Katelyn Mills, Jackie Clark, Laura Watamanuk, Tara Doherty and PADS service dog Cadence.

ADI is the leading authority in the Assistance Dogs industry. It establishes and promotes standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership.

Once accredited, a program becomes a member of ADI. Member programs must complete a reaccreditation every 5 years to comply with ADI’s Standards of Practice. ADI accreditation is a peer-review process conducted by a trained ADI assessor over a period of 2-4 days. Currently there are 148 ADI accredited assistance dog programs in the world.

If you would like to learn more about the accreditation process and what it means for PADS and our clients, check out our August 9th Tune-in-Tuesday interview with our assessors Grete and Angela below.

About Assistance Dogs International

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of non-profit organizations that raise, train and place assistance dogs. The mission of ADI is to foster a collaborative global community dedicated to the highest standards of excellence for the assistance dog industry.

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