The umbrella organisation Assistance Dogs (UK) includes Dogs for the Disabled, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Canine Partners, Support Dogs and Guide Dogs. The charities are planning to collaborate on a PR and awareness campaign to make 2008 the 'Year of the Assistance Dog'.
They are also considering whether Assistance Dogs should seek charitable status in its own right, launch a fundraising campaign and seek business partnerships. All five charities will continue to fundraise independently.
Chris Dyson, media and special projects manager at Guide Dogs, said: "We can make a bigger difference in areas where our clients are facing discrimination if all five charities take a common approach and build on our common expertise."