Apply for a Dog Qualifying Questions

Being matched with a NEADS Service Dog can be a life changing partnership.   To help you evaluate whether or not NEADS is the right service dog organization for you, each application begins with several pre-qualifying questions. Your safety and the safety of our cherished canines are of highest priority to NEADS.   Please be honest in your responses so that you are not putting time and energy into a direction that is not right for you.  Thank you for carefully responding to this application process.

Unfortunately, we are unable to begin the application process. NEADS no longer trains dogs for balance or assistance with mobility, walking, or fall prevention. The dogs in our program do not have the height or muscle build to provide support or wear a harness. Below is a link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI) to help you find an organization that can meet your needs.

www.assistancedogsinternational.org

We currently only train Service Dogs for veterans with PTSD. If you are not a veteran with PTSD, we are unable to begin the application process. If you are a veteran with theater of war related PTSD and live in New England, please contact the NEADS Manager of Client Relations, Katy Ostroff, kostroff@neads.org.   For all other applicants, below is a link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI) to help you find an organization that can meet your needs.

www.assistancedogsinternational.org

Unfortunately, we are unable to begin the application process for you.   NEADS does not offer seizure and alert service dogs.    Below is a link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI) to help you find an organization that can meet your needs.

www.assistancedogsinternational.org

Unfortunately, we are unable to begin the application process but encourage you to reapply when your child is 8.   Please note that social dogs do not go to school with your child and NEADS dogs do not assist with children who run or bolt.  If your child is not the right age and/or running is an issue, please see the link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI), a resource to help you find an organization that can meet your needs.

www.assistancedogsinternational.org

Unfortunately, we are unable to begin the application process for you at this time. Our facilitated Service Dog program is designed for children 12 years or older.   The recipient of a Facilitated Service Dog, with limited parental support, must be responsible for the feeding, exercise, and general care of the dog.   The recipient must also portray clear leadership to the dog.  By carrying out the responsibilities for the care of the dog and conveying clear leadership, the dog and the child will form the extremely close bond that is needed for an effective working relationship.   If your child does not meet our age  requirement or would not be able to independently carry out the tasks outline above,  please use the  link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI), to help you find an organization that can meet your needs. 

www.assistancedogsinternational.org

We are unable to begin the application process.  This is not a Service Dog covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act therefore you must get permission from your employer. Please note: When you do have permission from your employer, please reapply. If you are a self-employed therapist then you do not need permission and you can re-answer this question with “YES.”

Unfortunately, we are unable to begin the application process for you.  NEADS does require on campus training at our center with the service dog matched and trained for each applicant.  The length of training varies by the type of service dog needed. Below is a link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI), a resource to help you find an organization that can meet your needs.

www.assistancedogsinternational.org

Please note that our dogs are specifically trained and matched for each of our clients. Due to this highly specialized process and the great demand for a NEADS dog, the matching process can take varying amounts of time.  In some cases, dogs can be matched as early as 6 months, however, other factors can have a dramatic impact on the wait time.  If this time frame does not work for you, below is a link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI), a resource to help you find an organization that can meet your needs.

www.assistancedogsinternational.org

Unfortunately, we are unable to begin the application process for you at this time.  At the end of the client training process, ownership of the NEADS dog is transferred to the client. The client then has complete financial responsibility for the lifetime feeding, care and veterinary needs of the dog.  

The full cost of training and placing a highly trained NEADS Dog is over $43,000. NEADS asks our clients to help by raising or contributing a minimum goal of $8,000.  We believe it is important for our clients to have a vested interest in their dogs and it is this “pay it forward” philosophy that helps us to continue to provide dogs to future clients. We will provide you with fundraising ideas and support every step of the way.  NEADS understands that some of our clients have circumstances that may make fundraising very difficult. Remember that this is a team effort and you are never alone in the process. We ask that you do everything you can to work with us to meet your fundraising goal. There are many resources available that you may not be aware of and they will be discussed in your fundraising interview. Our main goal at NEADS is to provide Service Dogs to those who need them and we have never denied anyone who did their best to meet their fundraising goals. After reading the following information, if you think NEADS fundraising goal is achievable , please re-answer this question with “YES”.