Australian Lions Hearing Dogs (ALHD) are rescued from pounds and rescue organisations. ALHD's alert their owners to sounds in the home by touching the owner with a paw and leading them to the sounds. The dogs alert to sounds like knocks on the door, a baby crying, alarm clocks or the phone ringing. Most importantly, hearing dogs alert their owners to life-saving sounds like smoke alarms. Dogs are provided free of charge to eligible candidates with the support of Lions clubs of Australia although dogs are valued at $35,00. Lions Clubs Australia provide 60% of funding so other sources of income are required to maintain a high level of training and support for clients.
ALHD's have the same access rights as guide dogs for the blind and can accompany their owners in public places. Our dogs are identified by their bright orange collars, leads and jackets.