Apply for a Guide Dog

Please Note:
We regret to inform you that Dogs with Wings is currently NOT able to accept new applications due to a high volume of current applicants. The application process will be re-opened once we have fulfilled our existing wait list. This will allow us to better serve our clients who are waiting for placements. Thank you for your patience and please check back frequently for updates.
Overview of Our Guide Dog Program
Guide dogs are taught essential house manners, as well as how to behave in public.

They provide safe mobility and independence to people who are blind or visually impaired by:
- Indicating road crossings
- Negotiating around obstacles
- Locating objects such as stairs, doors, and elevators
- Indicating curbs and changes in elevation

Application Process
Dogs with Wings has developed a detailed application process for our guide dog program to ensure the success of each team.

For more information on Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the importance of accredited dogs:

For more information on other ADI certified service dog schools in Canada:
Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools

Applicants must first meet our criteria:
- Be a permanent resident in Alberta
- Be at least 12 years of age at the time of application. Keep in mind we don’t place dogs with clients under the age of 13
- Have the mental awareness to be the sole handler of a guide dog, and be responsible for it in public places
- We prefer to place dogs in home environments in which the guide dog is the only dog living in the home, but exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis
- You and your family must be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the guide dog, and offer a stable home environment. This includes regular exercise and grooming, veterinarian care, food, as well as other necessary supplies and equipment