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The Assistance Dog Assessment Association (ADAA), a leading charity specialising in independent assessments for individuals who have trained their own assistance dogs, is pleased to announce an important policy update regarding the age limit for dogs applying for certification.

Effective immediately, we are increasing the age limit for experienced working dogs, offering greater flexibility for those already in service who wish to gain accreditation with us.

Previously, the ADAA only accepted applications for all dogs up to 5 years old. Under the new guidelines, experienced assistance dogs that have been actively working will now have increased flexibility in their eligibility for accreditation, regardless of their age.

 All applications involving dogs over the age of 5 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and additionally we will request the following:

  • Evidence demonstrating that the dog has been actively working as an assistance dog for at least 2 years.

For new teams or partnerships with less than 2 years experience, the age limit of dogs applying will remain at 5.

The ADAA remains committed to maintaining high standards in the accreditation process, ensuring that only the best-qualified dogs receive certification.

For more information about this policy change and the support available to qualified teams, please visit our website or contact our office at

About the Assistance Dog Assessment Association (ADAA)

The Assistance Dog Assessment Association (ADAA) certifies and supports assistance dogs and their handlers, providing rigorous assessments and advocacy to enhance independence and quality of life.


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We are thrilled to announce that Ted, the lovable canine companion from the BBC series "Gone Fishing," has embarked on a new adventure as the Ambassadog for the Assistance Dog Assessment Association (ADAA).

Ted, the Patterdale is best known for his cheeky underbite and his heartwarming presence alongside hosts Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse in the BBC series Gone Fishing. This year he has consulted with his agent and decided to extend his professional portfolio by becoming an Ambassadog for the ADAA! Ted is no stranger to charitable events and work. As part of the Gone Fishing team, he has already helped raise awareness of multiple charities including those advocating mental health awareness and issues surrounding wellbeing.

Ted modelling his new ADAA bandana and taking his new role very seriously.

Throughout his TV appearances, Ted's gentle nature and loyalty has captured audiences' hearts, reflecting the special bond between dogs and their handlers. He has already helped the ADAA raise funds by walking with his friends at a Christmas 2023 Charity Dog walk and is sure to help us raise more awareness of the importance of owner trained assistance dogs in the UK.

Thanks for all of your hard work Ted!

Follow Ted's journey on instagram @ted_gonefishing

Ted Stars in Gone Fishing alongside Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer.

Photo credit: BBC iplayer - Gone Fishing.

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🐾 Charity Dog Walks and Bake sales Across the UK in the sunny month of May! 🐾

Join us next month as we launch a nationwide event to make a difference to the lives of individuals who have owner trained their own assistance dogs!

🎉 How to Get Involved: 🎉

Join us for a month-long charity fundraiser where you can choose to host one of two exciting events: a community dog walk or a delicious bake sale with an assistance dog theme!

🐾 Choose Your Paw-some Fundraiser! 🐾

🚶‍♂️ Option 1: Charity Dog Walk Gather your furry friends and fellow dog lovers for a fun-filled stroll in support of the ADAA. Whether you're walking through parks, along scenic trails, or around your neighbourhood, every step you take will make a real difference in the lives of individuals in need. Register your walk, invite friends and family, and let's make tails wag for a cause! Feel free to make it fancy dress with a dog related theme if you would like! We have prizes for the best dressed walkies!

🍰 Option 2: Assistance Dogs Bake Sale Indulge your sweet tooth and support a paw-some cause with our Assistance Dog themed Bake Sale or baking competition! Get creative in the kitchen and whip up treats inspired by our amazing assistance dog teams. From dog-shaped cookies to paw-print cupcakes, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Host your bake sale at a local venue, set up a stall in your community or even just at home for your family and friends! Plus, there's a prize for the best cake!

🐾 Register your event 🐾

Register your event with us by emailing and we will get all of the details over to you including how to set up a just giving page and how to make your event a success!

Spread the Word: 

Share your event with friends, family, and colleagues through social media, email, and word of mouth to maximize participation and fundraising efforts.

Have Fun and Fundraise!

Whether you're walking with your four-legged friends or baking up a storm in the kitchen, remember that every effort counts. Collect donations, sell treats, and enjoy knowing that you're making a difference to the lives of those that the ADAA supports.

🐾 Ready to Get Started? 🐾

Email us at to register your event and access resources to help you make your fundraiser a success.

Thank you for your support! Let's make this fundraiser a howling success for assistance dogs everywhere! 🚶‍♂️

🐾 The ADAA 🐾

🌟 Who are the ADAA? We are a charity dedicated to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to support if they have trained their own assistance dogs. Our commitment is rooted in the belief that everyone, regardless of how their assistance dog has been trained, deserves access to support and validation. Our mission is to foster inclusivity within the assistance dog sector and provide assistance to all who need it.

🐾 Why Support the ADAA? Assistance dogs provide invaluable support to individuals with disabilities, offering independence, companionship, and a newfound sense of freedom. By supporting the ADAA, you're not only helping individuals access these life-changing companions, but you're also promoting awareness and understanding of the vital role assistance dogs play in our society.

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