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Smart Pups has had a lot to celebrate lately. Our recent blog focused on Jester our 200th assistance dog placed in Australia. This year also marks ten years since our founder Patricia McAlister (Trish) began her remarkable journey that led to the creation of the...

Former ‘Wild child’, pup Jester tries his graduation hat for size, in preparation for his big day. In September Jester will finish his training and leave his kennel mates and foster family to become the 200th Assistance dog to be placed by Smart Pups. An accidental...

This week August 2nd to the 8th is International Assistance Dog Week. A week created to recognise all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping to transform the lives of their human partners. The human partners of Smart Pups are predominately children, whose lives are often...

The IGA's PAWS TOKEN Campaign kicks off today, so you can    help support our Smart Pups puppies this month by purchasing your PAW from participating IGA stores. Did you know it costs    to breed, raise and train just one Smart Pup Assistance Dog?    That's why PAWticipaiting...

ANZAC Day was commemorated in 2020, like no other time. There were no large crowds lining the streets to see our veterans march, no catch ups with mates, no games of two-up in a crowded bar. Instead we remembered their service and sacrifice by...

Now more than ever we wish we could be sending you happy news and provide a distraction from the continual barrage of messages around COVID-19. When we say that we hope this message finds you well, we sincerely mean it. At Smart Pups our number one...

As another Smart Pup year draws to a close it is a traditional time to reflect on our achievements as a charity. Our 2019-year planner was crammed with names and dates of trainers and dogs, timetabling in our many placements. Thirty-seven dogs in all,...

Whilst it may well be beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Smart Pups Assistance Dogs has got you covered with all the good feels. From cards, poop bags, dog leads, plush toys, calendars to t-shirts and cool caps. We’ll literally have you covered in...

Back in July, our CEO Patricia McAlister, trainer Keira Bishop and myself attended Maryborough Correctional Centre for an extra special graduation day. Over the three years we have been partnered with the correctional centre I have attended many dog graduations. Our first back in 2016...

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