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Our Quest for the Ideal Location to Forge Our Future

Establishing a permanent headquarters is not merely an option for PTSD Dogs Australia—it’s an absolute necessity that will catalyze a quantum leap in our efforts. A dedicated facility will afford us the crucial space required to expand our work with rescue dogs, elevate the quality of volunteer training, and provide housing for veterans as they form life-changing bonds with their new rescue dogs.

As our exposure in the media grows, so does our applicant list. With a permanent base for PTSD Dogs Australia, we will be ideally positioned to cater to this burgeoning demand with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

However, realizing this key strategic initiative necessitates raising a budget of $3 million. These funds will be pivotal in procuring the property and building state-of-the-art facilities that align with our vision.

Our founders have already personally pledged $1 million to this project, underscoring our commitment to this cause. But we cannot do this alone. We need your support to bridge the financial gap and make this vision a reality. Together, we can drive a significant impact for our veterans, our volunteers, and our rescue dogs, reaching new heights in our mission.

Help us raise the $3million we need to acquire and establish our headquarters

Our ultimate headquarters;

Our envisioned headquarters is set to be an innovative and comprehensive facility, situated on an acreage property nestled between Brisbane and Gympie on the Sunshine Coast. This location would offer convenient highway access, making it easily reachable from all corners of Australia.

The heart of our headquarters would be the main dwelling, a residence for dedicated caretaker / managers. Living on the property, they would be ideally positioned to ensure round-the-clock care for the animals housed there, offering a level of commitment and personalised attention that sets us apart.

A key feature of our headquarters will be a large, fully equipped, all-weather training arena. Designed to accommodate group training sessions, this facility ensures that our training programs can proceed unhindered, whatever the weather conditions. This also allows the dogs and their handlers to adapt to a variety of situational factors, enhancing their resilience and adaptability.

The Sunshine Coast was chosen as our base not only for its accessibility but also for its temperate climate, which facilitates year-round training in comfortable conditions. This climate advantage enhances the effectiveness of our training programs, ensuring that our assistance dogs are prepared for service at any time of the year.

In the future, the property could also feature several small units to house handlers during their intensive training periods with their dogs. These accommodations would create an immersive, focused environment for handlers, further enhancing the efficacy of our training programs.

In essence, our headquarters will be a harmonious blend of functionality, accessibility, and comfort, designed to facilitate the highest standards of training and care for our assistance dogs and their handlers.

Lady Nala

In its fully established form, our charity is set to play an instrumental role in strengthening and enriching our local community. While we highly value and appreciate the contribution of our volunteers, we anticipate creating job opportunities by employing qualified trainers and other staff members. This not only boosts the local economy but also inspires individual growth and development within our community.

Moreover, our mission to supply fully trained assistance dogs to first responder and military personnel has proven to significantly reduce suicide rates and decrease reliance on medications. This intervention promises a ripple effect of positive change in the community, fostering a healthier, safer environment for everyone. Research by the University of Kentucky found that for every death by suicide, another 135 lives are impacted.

Looking ahead, we envisage our accommodation units serving a dual purpose. Apart from housing handlers as they undergo intensive training with their dogs, these units could potentially provide temporary shelter for homeless veterans. This initiative serves as a testament to our pledge towards social responsibility, further cementing our commitment to the welfare of those who have selflessly served our nation.

In essence, our charity’s operations are not merely an isolated endeavour, but a collective effort towards community upliftment. By fostering employment, advocating mental health, and providing shelter for homeless veterans, we aim to contribute to a more vibrant, resilient, and compassionate community.

Benefits to the community

Our paramount aim is to continue as Australia’s premier organisation for the training and support of PTSD assistance dogs, and we envision Queensland as the cornerstone of this ambition. Queensland, renowned for its vibrant and supportive community, will serve as the nerve centre of our national operations. 

Despite having a network of dedicated trainers stationed in Perth and Melbourne, we have strategically chosen Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as the hub of our specialised training. This decision not only recognises Queensland’s commitment to mental health and wellbeing, but also places us in the heart of a community that values and respects the important role of assistance dogs.

By choosing Queensland as our home, we are not just positioning ourselves in a geographically strategic location, but are also aligning with a community that is passionate about mental health support and the invaluable work of assistance dogs. We see this as a mutually beneficial relationship, where our presence will contribute to Queensland’s reputation as a leading advocate for mental health and assistance dog support.

Benefits to Queensland

Your investment in our initiative is not just a contribution—it’s a powerful catalyst for transformative change. Here’s how:

1. Creation of an Advanced Training Facility: Your funding will pave the way for the establishment of a state-of-the-art training facility, designed with specialised areas, classrooms, and housing for dogs in training. This dedicated property will be a breeding ground for excellence, where assistance dogs are trained to the highest standards, and where recipients can engage in training sessions tailored to their needs. As such, your contribution will directly impact the quality of training and care we provide.

2. Provision of Supportive Housing for Recipients: A vital part of our project involves the creation of temporary housing for recipients undergoing team training with their assistance dogs. This supportive environment will be instrumental in fostering a smooth transition and promoting a strong bond between recipients and their new companions. Your investment will help build this safe haven, ensuring that the recipient-dog teams can thrive.

Your generosity, however, goes beyond bricks and mortar or the training of assistance dogs. It reaches into the hearts of Veterans and First Responders, their families, and their communities.

By endorsing our cause, you are gifting individuals the chance to reclaim their independence and enhance their quality of life. You are enabling them to experience the pure, unconditional love and support that only an assistance dog can provide. You are not just donating, you are igniting hope, fostering resilience, and contributing to a movement that reverberates with courage and compassion. Now, isn’t that a compelling cause to invest in?

Remember, all donations of $2.00 or more are fully tax deductable.

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PTSD Dogs Australia Ltd is a registered charity, fully approved by the Australian Charities & Not for Profit Commission. All donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible, as approved by the Australian Tax Office. Your generous donations are invested directly to the training and supplying of service dogs. 

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