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Over the past few years, PADS and Dogs for the Disabled have been working together with the aim of setting up a pilot project to train assistance dogs to work with and support people with mental health needs.

There is no doubt that there is a significant demand for Psychological Assistance Dogs in the UK and both organisations have received a large amount of enquiries, hence our willingness to explore the possibilities.

To date, our research and work has shown that this is an area of great complexity and sensitivity. The resources, time and staffing requirements to develop and maintain such a service are significantly greater than either organisation can realistically provide at this time or in the foreseeable future.

Both organisations are committed to training dogs to a very high quality and supporting clients so that we are able to obtain the very best outcomes. Neither organisation wants to compromise on these commitments.

As a result of our work so far, it is with great sadness that we have come to recognise that we are not in a position to take this pilot any further at the present time.

We are confident that there is a future for this type of service and are sure that the work we have done to date will contribute greatly to that. Should we be approached by an appropriate organisation wishing to pursue this agenda, we will provide advice and support based on our experiences. All remaining funds will initially be used to fulfil current PADs obligations and any further will then be donated appropriately to another charity. Any donors who would like to express any alternative wishes are asked to contact us directly. Although PADs will be closing, as persons we will continue to advocate for the provision of this type of Assistance Dog in the UK. We wish you well with your future choices.

Please know that we did everything that we could to provide this service, and that we are deeply, truly sorry that we cannot do so. We understand that this news will cause some people distress. If you are in crisis, please visit this link for resources that can help you.