Project information

Purchase of a Medical Alert Assistance Dog

Trained for children and adults with life threatening conditions - unstable Type 1 Diabetes, fluctuating mineral corticoid levels in Addison’s disease, patients with extreme allergies prone to anaphylactic shock. We have trained the world’s first airborne nut allergy dog. Each dog costs £11,200.00

This is an ongoing project. We need to place a further 25 Medical Alert Dogs in 2015/15

Charity information: Medical Detection Dogs

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  • Need


    To provide an assistance dog for an adult or child with brittle Type 1 Diabetes, who’s hypoglycaemic instability would definitely result in hospital admission. The assistance dog will alert to both low (hypo) and high (hyper) blood sugars, outside normal range, both day and night. By alerting the child and the parents, the help to the family is immense. The dog will also warn parents and partners at night of blood sugar changes avoiding paramedic call out.


    An assistance dog, gives their owner the confidence not to stay constantly hyperglycaemic in an attempt to avoid going “low”. This reduces the likelihood of later complications such as blindness, limb amputation, and kidney disease. It is estimated that 300,000 children and young adults are at high risk of such complications, and 144,000 are at very high risk.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the waiting list of 3 years


    » We will place 25 Medical Alert Assistance Dogs with clients with life threatening conditions in 2015/2016

    We will see more Medical Alert Assistance Dogs trained and places with children and adults with life threatening conditions and gradually reduce our waiting list.

  • Impact


    These are lifelong partnerships, giving approximately 10 years of improvement to life. Partnerships have regular follow-ups, aftercare and a 24 hour support service.


    We see very little risk in our project as all Medical Alert Assistance Dogs undergo 2 years robust training before being placed with a client with life threatening condition. All dogs are fully accredited with Assistance Dogs UK.


    Donor reports are important to Medical Detection Dogs and these will be send out with updates on partnerships on a regular basis. Donors are also invited to Medical Detection Dogs to demonstration day where they will meet clients and hear about our amazing work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £790 Selection Carefully select and acquire a suitable dog and equipment
      £1,600 Puppy Walking For a minimum of 12 months. £100 per month for training visits.
      £600 Volunteer Support and travel expences
      £600 Vererinary Includes micro chipping, neutering, delousing etc
      £4,000 Training To public access and obedience level
      £1,000 Intensive Work Scent training with client
      £2,610 Accreditation Domicillary/ home placement and Accreditation with ADUK and Insurance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Sutton Place Foundation £25,000 Guaranteed
    Lancashire Foundation £22,000 Guaranteed
    Daphne Jefferies - Private Donor £12,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Throughout the UK


    One person with a life threatening condition will receive a dog work £11,200 which will be with then continuously day and night and protect them from paramedic call outs and hospilisation

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Medical Detection Dog are world leaders in scent detection and the training of dogs to sniff out the odour of human disease

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Claire Guest - BsC (Hons) MSc. HonDSc. DHP BCAh

    Co - Founder, CEO Developed new approaches for the detection of life threatening diseases identifying cancer by odour and published in BMJ in 2013

    Simone Brainch

    Client Support Manager: Assesses all new applicants for suitability to the programme. Very ill and vulnerable clients apply to us for an alert dog.

    Lydia Swanson

    Senior Scent Instructor: Trains the dogs on the scent of their partnership, and trains the dog to recognize changes in blood sugar.

Steven and his assistance dog, Molly

Steven and his assistance dog, Molly


Ongoing support for a year for an Assistance Dog