Apply for a Service Dog

First Step: Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire

The Application Process

Being matched with a NEADS Service Dog can be a life changing partnership and our unique matching process relies on an exceptional attention to details – both client circumstances and canine capabilities. Your safety and the safety of our cherished canines are of highest priority.

To help determine if NEADS is the right Service Dog organization for you, each application begins with several pre-qualifying questions. The questions will take just a few minutes. If you are able to continue to the NEADS application, you can expect to spend about 30 minutes completing the application.  You may find it helpful to have the contact information for your doctor, employer, and landlord with you as you go through the application.

Your application will be carefully reviewed and a member of our staff will personally respond to you within 3 weeks of your application. Thank you for your interest in NEADS!  

Our Service Dog Programs

 We offer the following programs:

  • Service Dogs for individuals with physical disabilities
  • Facilitated Service Dogs for children with physical disabilities (children ages 12 and up)
  • Hearing Dogs for individuals aged 15 and older who are deaf or who suffer severe hearing loss
  • Social Dogs for children with autism or other developmental disabilities (children ages 8-16)
  • Assistance Dogs are partnered with professionals in classroom, ministry, therapy, hospital, and courthouse settings
  • Service Dogs for Veterans who have a permanent disability, are deaf or who suffer from severe hearing loss, or who suffer from combat-related post-traumatic stress

NOTE: NEADS does not train balance dogs, seizure alert dogs, guide dogs for the blind, diabetes alert dogs, emotional support, or psychiatric dogs. NEADS does not train dogs that are already owned by individuals.

Cost of Obtaining a Service Dog

Many people ask us about the cost of obtaining a Service Dog. Please review our Fundraising FAQs here prior to completing this pre-qualifying questionnaire. Please note that thanks to generous donors and federal and state funding, there is no charge for veterans who are eligible for our services for receiving a Service Dog. Veterans will need to pay for annual dog supplies such as food and veterinary services that can average $1,000-$2,000 a year.

Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire

 

Again, thanks to generous donors and federal and state funding, there is no charge for veterans who are eligible for our services for receiving a Service Dog. Veterans will need to pay for annual dog supplies such as food and veterinary services that can average $1,000-$2,000 a year.

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

For applicants looking for a Psychiatric Service Dog, below is a link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI) to help you find an organization that can meet your needs.

If you're looking for an Emotional Support Dog, NEADS recommends that you work with a reputable trainer to identify a dog or breed that could be helpful to you. If you're looking for information about an Emotional Support Dog as it relates to the Fair Housing Act, we recommend you start your search here.

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 for you. NEADS does not offer Service Dogs to help with vision loss or blindness. Below is a link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI) to help you find an organization that can meet your needs.

www.assistancedogsinternational.org

Please contact the NEADS Manager of Client Services, Katy Ostroff, [email protected].

NOTE: You will no longer be in the application process if you click the blue "Next" button. Please be sure to click on the email link, above.

We currently provide Service Dogs for OEF and OIF Veterans with combat-related PTSD. Other applicants can contact our Manager of Client Services, Katy Ostroff, [email protected] as we may expand our services in the future.

For more immediate needs, below is a link to Assistance Dogs International (ADI) to help you find other organizations.

www.assistancedogsinternational.org

NOTE: You will no longer be in the application process if you click the blue "Next" button. Please be sure to click on the email link, above.

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.  

If you are an OEF or OIF veteran with combat-related PTSD and live within a 3-hour drive of Princeton, MA, please contact the NEADS Manager of Client Services, Katy Ostroff, [email protected].

NOTE: You will no longer be in the application process if you click the blue "Next" button. Please be sure to click on the email link, above.

An average NEADS dog costs over $42,000. We ask our clients to fundraise a minimum of $8,000, but please don't let this deter you from applying! NEADS will assist you by providing fundraising information and guidance. Get fundraising help!

The full cost of training and placing a highly trained NEADS Dog is over $42,000. 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”.

 

Thank you for answering these preliminary questions.

NOTE: You will no longer be in the application process if you click the blue "Next" button. Please be sure to click the red Apply Now button, above.

Thank you for answering these preliminary questions.

NOTE: You will no longer be in the application process if you click the blue "Next" button. Please be sure to click the red Apply Now button, above.

Thank you for answering these preliminary questions.

NOTE: You will no longer be in the application process if you click the blue "Next" button. Please be sure to click the red Apply Now button, above.