Please read: Before You Apply

  • Our national program provides quality, trained service dogs to Veterans with service-connected disabilities (i.e., mobility limitations, traumatic brain injury, clinically diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder).

  • We serve Veterans from all conflicts/wars.  

  • Veterans must have been honorably or medically discharged, have completed and graduated basic training and all MOS-related schools of training, and have been assigned to an operational unit.

  • We do not serve individuals who are legally blind, have experienced total hearing loss or have another mental health diagnosis other than PTSD.

  • We do not train a person’s pet to be their service dog.

  • A service dog is approximately an 8- to 10-year commitment; all potential applicants should consider this obligation carefully when deciding to apply for a service dog. 

  • We do NOT charge our clients for the service dogs we provide. 

  • Our wait time is approximately 1 year from date of approval of the application.

The Process at a Glance

Please read the Before You Apply page.


Candidates are required to complete our Canines for Veterans application and submit the following items:


  • A copy of the applicant’s DD214 (please note that Canines for Service verifies all military service)

  • A copy of the applicant’s Veterans Administration Rating Decision Letter, showing the percentage breakdown of each disability AND the written explanation of why the percentage was assigned

  • A completed Medical History Form from each attending physician/mental health professional

  • A Veterinary Reference Form, if you currently have animals in the home

  • A list of three personal references, including full names, addresses and email addresses (e.g., friend, teacher,
    co-worker; may not be immediate family members or doctors/medical staff); Canines for Service will send reference forms directly to each personal reference to complete

  • Spouse/Significant Other/Partner Form, if applicable

  • Videos of the applicant AND spouse/significant other/partner, if applicable (instructions are provided in the application)


Once your complete application packet is received, our Client Services Committee will screen your application and contact you to schedule a video interview (using Skype, Facetime or another tool). After completion of the interview, the application will be presented to the Application Review Committee.


Canines for Veterans reserves the right to accept or not accept an applicant based on the information provided in the application and additional information that may be obtained through the review process.  


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Wilmington NC 28405

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