BEFORE YOU APPLY
FOR A SERVICE DOG

Canines for Service DOES NOT train a person's own dog or certify a dog trained by an individual, trainer or another organization. 

 

Canines for Service cannot guarantee a hypoallergenic service dog. Our organization works with shelter dogs and most are mix-breeds that do shed.

 

Before you or your loved one applies for a service dog, please consider the following:

  1. Service dogs are specifically trained to help a person living with a disability to be more independent. It is expected that the person applying for a service dog intends to use the dog as it was trained and have the dog with them at all times (with limited exceptions). 

  2. Service dogs can expect to work for approximately 7 or 8 years and then retire with its person as a pet for several more years. Altogether, a person can expect a service dog to be with them for at least 10 years. Are you prepared for that commitment?

  3. Are you able to control and direct the service dog in the skills you need it to do?  Do you have the capacity to learn the skills needed to work with the service dog?

  4. Why do you or why does your loved one want a service dog? Please understand that a service dog is not a pet. It is a highly skilled dog that has been trained to perform tasks to help mitigate or assist with a person's disability. By law, a service dog is considered to be medical equipment.

  5. What does your family or friends think about you or your loved one getting a service dog? Not everyone will welcome the service dog into their private home nor do they have to. Private homes are not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Be sure to consider the impact the dog may have on you and your family before getting the service dog. 

  6. Are you or your loved one applying through an established program?  If so, remember that service dogs are not robots that all behave alike. The dog takes years to train and there are many factors that determine whether the dog will complete its training or not. Many programs like Canines for Service can have a wait list that can be years after your application has been approved. 

  7. Do you and your loved one have the resources to afford a service dog? Whether you will apply to an organization like Canines for Service that provides the service dog at no cost to the approved applicant, or whether you have to raise funds or pay for the service dog, you will still have to pay for recommended dog food, treats, veterinary care, emergency expenses if the dog gets sick and monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventive medications. 

  8. What are the laws in your specific state that might pertain to someone distracting or harming the service dog?

  9. Can you be assertive in a situation in which your access with the service dog is challenged?  

  10. Have you thought about the fact that the service dog won't live forever and there will come a time to retire it? What about a future replacement?

  11. Do you understand that a service dog is a full-time commitment and that the dog will be by your side essentially 24x7?  These dogs are highly skilled, enjoy working and must consistently practice to keep up their skills. They are not pets and should not be treated as such.

 

WHO WE SERVE

Canines for Service offers two distinct programs.  One serves individuals who have never served in the Armed Forces and one serves Veterans with service-connected disabilities.  Canines for Service works with individuals who experience functional limitations due to a variety of disabling conditions, which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Stroke/Traumatic brain injury

  • Severe heart conditions

  • Limb Amputation

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Arthritis

  • Spina bifida

  • Ataxia/poor balance

 

Post-traumatic stress is served only for Veterans with service-connected disabilities.

DISABILITIES NOT SERVED

Canines for Service specializes in working with people with mobility limitations.  We DO NOT provide services in the following areas:

  • Visually or hearing impaired

  • Nonverbal individuals

  • Seizure disorders

  • Bi-polar, multiple personalities or schizophrenia

  • Autism

  • Alert disorders (e.g., seizure, diabetes, narcolepsy, low blood pressure) 

  • Emotional support

  • Train or certify a person's pet 

  • Children under the age of 10 years 

  • Diabetic detection

  • Any temporary mobility limitation

information@caninesforservice.org

910-362-8181

221 Old Dairy Road, Unit 1
Wilmington NC 28405

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Canines for Service Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Canines for Service Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by applicable law.  Tax identification number: 56-2118747


Canines for Service Inc., Canines for Veterans and Canines for Therapy are registered trademarks of Canines for Service Inc.  All rights reserved. 

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