Apply for a Service Dog

First Step: The 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 6-8 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
  • Service 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

Please note that NEADS does not train balance dogs, seizure alert dogs, guide dogs for the blind, diabetes alert dogs, dogs for people with Alzheimer's, emotional support, or psychiatric dogs. NEADS does not train dogs that are already owned by individuals. Contact Assistance Dogs International for information about other organizations who may be able to help.

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.