Client ApplicationI need an assistance dog, so what do I do now?
Receiving a service dog is a life changing event. In order to ensure that you will be placed with a companion that will best fit your needs and personality, we require some information to help us make that match a success. We know at times the application process may seem tedious, but rest assured the extra effort will pay off with a service dog that has been trained to empower you for independence!
After receiving your application, we will call you to discuss your specific needs and requirements for your service dog. Our current wait list for a service dog is about 2 1/2 years, depending on your specific needs and availability of dogs. Please note, at this time we are not taking any new applications. Please check back after June 2018.
Do I qualify for a Power Paws Assistance Dog?
Power Paws dogs are trained for diabetic alert, mobility assistance, and PTSS (post traumatic stress syndrome, previously known as PTSD) for civilians and Veterans. Power Paws does not place dogs for autism, seizures, hearing, seeing, or emotional support. To search for Organizations that train in these areas, visit www.assistancedogsinternational.org.
Is there a charge for an Assistance Dog through Power Paws?
Our dogs go through a minimum of 7,500 training hours in their first two years of training. Once a dog is identified for a Client, that dog will spend another three to six months in Advance Training learning specific skills and behaviors needed by the Client. We work very hard to keep the cost of a Power Paws dog at a minimum. Our research shows that many other Organizations charge upwards of $35,000 for a single dog. The cost of a Power Paws Assistance Dog is $10,000 and includes all training, medical care, and a two week Team Training during which the Client and dog work together in real life situations. We have a number of payment options available to help manage these costs. Clients can also raise funds through private fundraising, sponsorships, and grants available through programs such as The Assistance Dog United Campaign, and Canines for Disabled Kids.
We look forward to working with you!