National Service Dogs recognizes the special bonds that develop between pet dogs and their families. The therapeutic value of pets is well documented and many people have experienced decreased stress and anxiety, increased psychological well being, increased opportunities for exercise, and increased opportunities for social interaction.
As a result, our Companion Dog Program was founded in 2002 and was formalized in 2009.
Companion Dogs dogs are placed with children 18 years of age and under with various disabilities, and do not have public access or any specific skills training aside from basic obedience.
The Companion Dog Program has allowed us to utilize over 83% of our dogs; thereby, helping more families and individuals in need.
NSD’s Companion Dogs are valued at $5,000; however, each dog is provided free of charge to approved clients.
NSD receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations from the general public, corporate sponsors, fundraising events, and community supporters.
Clients are not obligated to fundraise, and fundraising efforts are in no way tied to when and if they receive their Companion Dog; however, many of them assist by asking for donations from friends and family or hosting their own fundraiser. NSD also has many third party fund raisers that host events in support of our dogs and clients. Companion Dog recipients become the sole owners of the dog upon receipt and are responsible for all expenses associated with the dog from that day forward.
Currently, a client may wait 24 months to receive a Companion Dog from time of approval.
The timing of a Companion Dog placement is determined by chronological position on the waiting list and the availability of the right dog for the client’s needs and situation, and is in no way tied to fundraising efforts.
Each applicant is screened to ensure they meet our application criteria and MUST live within a 2 hour drive of the NSD training centre. Upon confirmation of this, an application is sent to the applicant to be completed and submitted along with multiple reference letters. If successful, an in-home interview is conducted to meet the applicant, learn more about their lifestyle, and discuss further questions and concerns. Final acceptance is determined following the in-home interview; applicants may be disqualified at any time during the application process.
NSD’s Companion Dog applications are currently closed.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions.
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