The first thing to think about is whether or not you are able to manage having a dog in your home.
A dog is much like a child – it requires a good amount of time and attention while growing up. The dogs we provide are puppies to facilitate bonding and reinforce training. We currently offer dogs to individuals over 21 with diagnosed conditions that hinder their balance and stability.
Before your consider applying, here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Can I handle a puppy in my home?
- Can I manage housebreaking a dog?
- Will I have the space in my home to keep a large dog?
- If renting, do I need to alert my landlord I am getting a service dog?
- Can I provide transportation for my dog to get to appointments?
- Can I, or can someone in my household, make sure the dog is feed and watered?
- Can I, or can someone in my household, make sure the dog is brushed and groomed?
- Is there a convenient location for my dog to be walked?
- Is there a convenient location for my dog play?
- Can I commit to training my dog at weekly classes and at home?
This is a partnership. Love, companionship and care given from all sides.
Our priority always is fostering a relationship between the right owner and the right dog.
For us to do that, we have to be sure that you are ready to bring a dog into your home and your life. That means being able to provide a happy, healthy home environment.
A service dog is your new partner – your dog goes where you go. By working together, the two of you can:
- Increase your self-confidence for meeting friends, running errands or getting to appointments.
- Minimize falls and reduce injuries.
- Get up and out of the house without worrying.
- Walk, sit, kneel, squat or lie down and get up without a human caregiver
- Reduce frustration and anxiety of being alone inside or outside the home.
Our goal is to provide service dogs to people who do not have the financial means to get one. We may have a waiting list but will do our best to help. These are the criteria we require:
- Medical diagnosis of a neurological condition that challenges stability and balance
- Examples: MS, Parkinsons, stroke, brain injury
- Capable of independent mobility (our dogs are not trained to assist with wheelchairs.)
- Income documentation
- Medicaid, SNAP, TANF
- SSI or SS benefits
For more information, please read through our FAQ page before completing an application.