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Defence Bank Foundation


Defence Community Dogs program provides, at no cost, highly trained Assistance Dogs to both serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, who need physical and emotional support for mood, depressive and anxiety disorders; including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Established in 2014, this truly unique Win-Win-Win program gives rescued and re-homed dogs a second chance, rehabilitates inmates (who train the dogs in Correctional Facilities under the direction of professional dog trainers), and helps Veterans to both rebuild and literally save their lives.

The program is fully funded by sponsorships and donations through the Defence Bank Foundation. To date, more than 60 DCD Assistance Dogs have been paired with Veterans throughout Australia.

"It’s changed my life. It’s brought me back to the person I used to be.
This program is just absolutely amazing. I wouldn’t be here today without it.
Lola was one day off being euthanased and now she has saved my life."

Mick and Lola

Veterans who have received Defence Community Assistance Dogs have described their dogs to be a truly invaluable part of their rehabilitation. Veterans have reported improved sleep patterns, reduced episodes of stress and anxiety, reduced reliance on medication, greater independence and a renewed ability to reconnect with family and friends. Partners and carers have also reported increased independence, and some have even been able to return to work.

The Defence Bank Foundation is a registered independent charity which raises funds to pay for its sole beneficiary, the Defence Community Dogs program. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. ABN 19 814 426 820

For sponsorship or general enquiries, please contact  

Making a once off or recurring monthly donation:

The Defence Community Dogs Program accepts once-off or regular monthly donations. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Donation Packages are also available, with full descriptions on the Defence Community Dogs website at

Regular monthly donations can help by providing: 

$20 - Grooming and Shiny Coat Supplies

$32 - Dog play and enrichment kits

$50 - Vet care and treatments

$85 - Feed a dog for a month

$110 - Supports the professional training program

Dog sponsorship opportunities are detailed on the Defence Community Dogs website at 


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Help a dog and Veteran settle into home
'Keep me comfy'
Essential items to keep a dog comfy to support their Veteran
Prepare and start a dog in the DCD Assistance Dog program
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Rescue / Training / Handover and ongoing Veteran support

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