ADNZTrust - About Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust

The ADNZTrust was founded in 2008 by Julie and Rick Hancox after Julie left the field of a prominent service dog organisation.

During her career in this field, she came across people that had various disabilities that did not receive the same access to service dogs. There was nowhere for people with disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Diabetes to go to obtain a dog to assist with their disability with legal public access rights.

After being introduced to families bringing in dogs from the US to assist their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Julie took on the challenge of creating an organisation in New Zealand to cater for this gap of service in our community.

Julie formulated her own dog training programme and with the constant assistance of Rick who supported this dream Assistance Dogs, New Zealand now services 37 clients New Zealand Wide with a waiting list that is continuously growing beyond the capabilities of this unique and successful charitable organisation.

The ADNZTrust team continue to offer great things to the community through strong breeding stock, professional training and dog assessment programs and a consistently high placement success rate. Without a doubt, the team are committed to our cause and work tirelessly to overcome the many obstacles that come our way.

To be the leading Assistance Dog provider in New Zealand

To enrich the lives of people living with disability by providing purpose bred and trained assistance dogs, to meet the unique needs of each individual client and family

ADNZTrust is committed to being:

  • professional in everything we do
  • inclusive by serving, where possible, people with any disability
  • respectful of everyone we deal with, including clients, staff and the communities we serve
  • ethical and always acting with integrity
  • excellent in the quality of service that we provide.

(and key point of differentiation)

ADNZTrust strives to deliver a personalised and tailored assistance dog service to our clients with an exceptionally high standard of duty and care.