Dogs for the Disabled has been given a £25,000 donation by the Freemasons Grand Charity to support the development of its PAWS programme.
The PAWS team supports families with children with autism who have a pet dog or are thinking about getting one.
The Oxfordshire Province Charity Steward, Roger Hampshire, and a group of Masons from the Banbury area visited the centre on Tuesday to watch a training demonstration and tour the centre. They also presented a cheque to the charity.
More than 600 families have been helped by the PAWS programme throughout the UK. The charity has also helped organisations overseas to start PAWS programmes.