SAINT FRANCIS HAS BEEN ACCREDITED BY ASSISTANCE DOGS INTERNATIONAL (ADI) SINCE 2007
ADI is a coalition of not-for-profit organizations that train and place assistance dogs. ADI accredits programs to ensure that they adhere to the highest standards in all aspects of their operations, including ethical treatment and training of dogs, ethical treatment of clients, solid service dog training, and follow-up care.
AREAS EVALUATED INCLUDE
- Criteria for administration of all program operations
- Fair and ethical treatment of clients
- Humane training methods for the dogs
- Proper health care for the dogs
- Safety and cleanliness of the training facility
- Criteria for screening suitability of both dogs and clients
- Criteria for matching dogs and clients
- Compliance with all legal regulations
- Procedure for puppy raising within a prison system
- Proper training and evaluation of owner-trained assistance dog teams
Accreditation is a peer-review process that involves submission of paperwork in advance (a pre-packet) of an on-site survey by a trained accreditation assessor. The on-site survey is conducted over several days and includes the assessor interviewing staff, clients, volunteers, and board members; reviewing paperwork and files; observing clients and dog training; and inspecting the program’s facilities in order to make sure that all of ADI’s Standards are being met. All programs are required to be re-accredited every five (5) years in order to maintain their ADI accreditation membership status. By passing ADI’s voluntary and rigorous peer-reviewed accreditation process, Saint Francis Service Dogs cements its commitment to placing high quality service dogs and providing strong programs in the state and region.