Defence Bank - Apply for a Therapy Dog

Apply for a Therapy Dog

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If you are a serving or ex-serving member of the Australian Defence Force and you wish to apply for a Companion Therapy Dog, please email us at  We will email you an Application Form to complete.

Before your application is assessed, you will be required to provide the following:

-          A fully completed Application Form

-          Evidence that you are or were a serving member of the Australian Defence Force

-          A medical letter of endorsement  verifying that a Therapy Dog would benefit you

-          A referral and recommendation from a recognised defence welfare organisation

You will also be required to pass an Environmental and Suitability Assessment for the Dog.

Applicants will be assessed and approved by Defence Community Dogs based on the criteria above. Their decision will be final.

If your application is successful, please remember that it may take some time to find a dog which is suitable and compatible to your needs, so please be patient.