The Rotary Club of St Peters is a proud supporter of the K9 program and contributes a significant amount of money to assist with the training of the K9 dogs. The assistance dogs are from the same breeding stock that the guide dogs are selected from and are Labrador, Golden Retriever or a Lab GR cross. 
These breeds are chosen as they are calm, loyal, willing and socially accepted. The dogs are trained to help their client in many ways and can detect and respond to many needs. The dogs are very special, expensive to train ($25,000) and have a working life of nine to ten years.
What is Operation K9?
Operation K9 is a joint program provided by the Returned Services League (RSL-SA) and the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB). Operation K9 dogs are provided to Veterans of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) who have a diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to Operational Service.
Who can apply for an Operation K9 dog?
To be eligible to apply for an Operation K9 Dog, the applicant must have served or be retiring from the Australian Defence Force and have a diagnosed PTSD condition that has been acquired during a military operation. All applicants must be 18 years of age or over and a resident in South Australia.
What are the Benefits of an Operation K9 Dog?
An Operation K9 dog is an accredited assistance dog that can provide benefits in terms of supporting independence and social interactions as well as a range of client specific tasks tailored to the veteran’s needs.
How do I apply for an Operation K9 dog?
Initial enquiries regarding Operation K9 can be made through the RSB Guide and Assistance Dog Service. The Operation K9 team will then provide you with more information about the referral and assessment process.
What training and follow up care does Operation K9 provide?
Operation K9 places fully trained Assistance Dogs through a comprehensive training course and provides aftercare for the dog’s working life. All initial equipment will be provided to you by the Operation K9 team including a service coat that identifies an Operation K9 dog as an accredited assistance dog.
How do I find out more?
For more information on how to apply for an Operation K9 dog, please contact the RSB Guide Dog Service by calling (08) 8417 5656.
Proudly supported by the Returned Services League SA, Returned Services League NSW and the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB).