für Assistenzhunde und ihre Menschen

Hard questions

1. costs and who bears them:

Already before handing over the dog to the assistance recipient, the costs for acquisition, training, care and boarding of the dog, administration quality test, health examination incl. Castration, familiarization of families, purchase of equipment, team testing and insurance costs amounting to approx. 28.000, -€.

After the move to the assistant, there will be additional monthly costs of 400,-€ for insurances, 2 training hours per month, organizational matters, etc.

The association generates donations for the realization of the project “Assistance dog for you” via its homepage, social media and donation platforms. Foundations and other non-profit organizations also regularly support the work of the association.

If the donations collected are not sufficient to cover the above costs before the dog is moved to the Assistance Recipient, the Assistance Recipient will pay the shortfall along with the monthly costs after the move as part of a monthly user fee. The assistance recipient receives the concrete payment plan and thus also the information whether and in what amount user fees are to be paid, before the conclusion of the contract.

Food, toys, and veterinary expenses not covered by the pet health insurance policy will also be paid by the assister.

The first usage fee is due at the beginning of the month in which the induction starts.

2. ownership and possession

The dog is the property of the Association and is given to the assistance recipient for use as an assistance dog.

3. liability:

For the dog there is an animal owner liability insurance by the association; this covers damages caused by the dog to third parties.

4. what if the eligible dog does not pass its health check or quality test?

In this case, the dog is placed by us as a family dog to a suitable person and we train another dog for the on and his needs.

5. what happens to the dog after it is retired or when it retires?

It depends on the reason for the retirement. If this lies in health or character difficulties, the association first looks for a new family for the dog, which can deal with these problems. In this case, it is not possible for the assistance recipient to take over the dog, not even as a family dog.

As far as a dog is retired due to age, the association decides whether the assistance recipient can take over the dog.

6. where does the training take place?

The first training takes place at the club headquarters in 51491 Overath. takes place Further training after the move takes place at the place of residence of the assistant.

7. Can I set up my own donation account or collect donations myself?

Official donation accounts may only be opened by non-profit / charitable recognized organizations. In our association, the cooperation of the assistant in generating donations is absolutely necessary, together we can do more than one person alone. Of course, the assistance recipient himself may also collect funds for “his” assistance dog; please check with a tax advisor on this topic.

8. can I make a donation to the association for my own assistance dog and will I receive a donation receipt for this donation?

Of course, you can already pay into the respective donation account before moving the dog. However, it is not possible to issue a donation receipt in this case. Please check with a tax advisor for more information.

9. I have a dog trainer near me with whom I want to train the dog. Is this possible?

No. The club dogs are trained exclusively by the club’s own trainers. Only in this way it is possible to ensure the desired standard and compliance with the requirements of ADI / ADEu.