Service Dogs

Do you have a dog available now?
  • No - right now, we do not have a dog currently available (sorry). We do, however, encourage you to fill out anapplication form for a future dog. Due to budget constraints, the application process is temporarily closed to children (sorry), but adults may apply.
Do I have to fund-raise to qualify for a Service Dog from Pawsitivity?
  • The cost of breeding, socializing, training, and placing a dog costs our organization approximately $20,000-$25,000. While we do receive some public donations, grants, and private contributions, our families engage in fundraising activities as volunteers for Pawsitivity to qualify for a free service dog. Each family is asked to help raise at least $16,500.
  • For comparison:
  • The price of a Service Dog from most private trainers is similar:
  • Note that even when the cost is free, the wait-list is long. AtCanine Assistants, for instance, they train up to 100 dogs per year, but there are 1,500 people on the waiting list.
  • All non-profits have restrictions beyond just having a disability. These restrictions usually mean they won't provide you a service dog:
    • If you live in a different state.
    • If you're not a veteran.
    • For Autism Service Dogs, sometimes non-profits will only sell dogs for children (or only to adults). For instance,Paws With a Cause won't place a Service Dog if the child is under 14.
  • A Pawsitivity Service Dog is trained especially for your disability, needs, and circumstances. We train just a few dogs per year, all our dogs are certified, and come with training for the handler-dog team. Pawsitivity Service Dogs is a Partner Member of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP), all our dogs are certified through the Public Access Certification (PAC), and our dogs are individually trained with tasks to match your individual disability, needs, and circumstances.
Pleasecontact us today - we look forward to hearing from you.


 
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