Support Dogs does not charge for our assistance dogs. We do require a $100 application fee, plus an equipment fee of approximately $400 which is due when you receive the dog.
We get our dogs from breeders because we need to know their medical and temperament history.
Support Dogs does take donated dogs. You would have to provide a generational pedigree of three to five generations with OFA hip and elbow clearances. All dogs accepted into the program must also pass a temperament evaluation.
To qualify for a service dog, applicants must be a minimum of six-years-of-age. Youth service dog clients will be certified with an adult family member, in addition to the dog. All hearing dog clients must be 18 years of age and psychiatric service dog applicants must be 18 years of age and older.
No. Our dogs are trained to help the physically disabled, as well as those who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Support Dogs does not place any type of response dog.
No. Support Dogs will only certify dogs that have been trained through the organization.
We use Labrador retrievers and Golden retrievers because of their size, their instinct to retrieve, and their willingness to please people.
Our Service Dogs are trained to help with mobility-related tasks. They can open doors, retrieve dropped objects, help with balance, take off clothing items, carry bags, help with transfers, and perform counter transactions. Our Hearing Dogs alert to sounds in the environment – doorbell, smoke alarm, phone ringing, door knock, alerting to someone calling their handler’s name. These dogs can also retrieve items the handler might not realize they have dropped. Our Psychiatric Service Dogs act as a grounding mechanism for a military veteran with PTSD and can provide a sense of security and empowerment for the individual.
Support Dogs does not advocate children taking dogs to school. This is something that would be arranged by the parents and the school.
Yes. We serve clients nationwide. If you come from out of the area, you would be responsible for all costs associated with travel, lodging, and meals during the Team Training and placement process.
There is no definite wait time. Support Dogs states the sooner the potential client can return the application packet with all supporting materials, the faster the process will move.
You have to be 18-years-of-age to volunteer with Support Dogs.
Those in the community can apply for a dog that does not make the program - we place them simply as a pet. Support Dogs will recommend the dog to SDI programs (TOUCH, Paws for Reading) if appropriate. Click here to learn more.
TOUCH dogs are people’s personal pets and can be of any breed. Their acceptance into the program is based on their temperament.
No. We use only dogs for all of our programs.
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