Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD)

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Diabetic Alert Dogs (DADs) are service animals that are trained to alert diabetics of low (hypoglycemia) or high (hyperglycemia) blood sugar in a timely manner to avoid dangerous situations. The dogs have a heightened sense of smell that gives them the ability to add another layer of protection in your diabetes management.

Research / Providers / DIY / Fundraising Ideas


If you are thinking about adding a DAD to your family, there are few more things to consider than just the cost (typically $10k to $20k USD). I recommend reading articles that explore other considerations like ongoing costs and training, questions to ask trainers, types of alerts, etc:


There are no national standards for training DADs. Therefore, picking a provider of your DAD requires lots of research including performing reference checks. Listed are various DAD providers (the list is not an endorsement of any one provider):

Do It Yourself (DIY) Books, Videos and Facebook Groups

Fundraising Ideas

  • T1D Mod Squad offers a grant
  • Online fundraising like GoFundMe or FirstGiving
  • T-shirt fundraiser
  • Garage sale
  • Chili dog supers
  • Golf tournament
  • Get your local news or local paper to do a story on your fundraising efforts
  • Grow flowers and sell them
  • Lemonade stand
  • Yardwork/Mow lawns
  • Zumba fundraiser
  • Ask neighbors to save recyclable items and redeem for cash
  • Pet sitting
  • “Pay What You May” bake sale

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