A Smart Pup

Smart Pups is dedicated to helping make the lives of Australian families with special needs children a little easier by providing them with a trained and accredited Assistance Dog. We raise and train carefully selected Golden Retriever and Labrador puppies to meet the specific needs of its special needs child. Smart Pups not only provide children with companionship but are also trained in responsive skills including Autism Assist, Seizure Response and Mobility Assist. Your donation will help purchase, care for and train our Smart Pups from 10 weeks old until they are placed with their special needs child and family at about 18 months of age.

We are an Australian charity based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and we need your help to make a difference. You can help improve the life of a special needs child by sponsoring one of puppies and following their unique journey. You’ll receive regular photos of your sponsored Smart Pup, be kept up-to-date with our puppy blog and receive a sponsorship pack full of fun goodies.

Dog food
Dog accessories
  • The Gift of a Puppy

  • $20per month
  • Regular small donations enable us to continue to provide our recipient children with the gift of a Smart Pup.

    It costs $25,000 to train an Autism Assist, Seizure Response or Mobility Assist service dog. The Smart Pups team works together with the recipient family to fundraise up to 50% of the target amount. By choosing ‘The Gift of a Puppy’ sponsorship your regular donations will help our recipient families fund their Smart Pup.

  • Food and Vet Care

  • $50per month
  • Smart Pups has more than 20 dogs in training and the ongoing costs for their care and for critical items such as food and vet care are substantial.

    A ‘Food and Vet Care’ sponsorship will ensure our puppies are kept happy, healthy and ready for learning every day. Your regular donations will provide the puppies with the highest quality dog food and monthly flea, tick and worming medications.

  • Purchase and Train

  • $100per month
  • Our Smart Pups are sourced from registered breeders and selected for their aptitude and calm temperament.

    A ‘Purchase and Train’ sponsorship enables us to purchase the best puppies and provide them with the unique specialist advanced training and socialisation required to ensure they become top quality, fully qualified Autism Assist, Seizure Response or Mobility Assist service dogs.

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