Dog groups could hunt in one pack

Five assistance dog charities could fundraise jointly next year as a result of plans for them to work together more closely.

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."

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