Apply for a Service Dog

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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 Service Dog Program
Service dogs are taught essential house manners, as well as how to behave in public.

They assist people with physical disabilities to enhance their quality of life and achieve greater independence by:
- Helping to retrieve objects
- Opening and closing doors
- Seeking out help - Supporting the client in moving from one point to another (ex: wheelchair to bed, etc.)
- Assisting with balance and bracing

Do You Really Need a Service Dog?
Not everybody needs to have their dog accompany them into public places. Some applicants find that our companion dog program is more than sufficient to meet their needs. Our companion dogs do not have public access, but are still able to provide many of the same benefits that our service dogs provide, just within the home.

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

For more information on Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the importance of accredited dogs:
http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/

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 service dog, and be responsible for it in public places
- We prefer to place dogs in home environments in which the service dog is the only dog living in the home, but exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis
- You must be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the service dog, and offer a stable home environment. This includes regular exercise and grooming, veterinarian care, food, as well as other necessary supplies and equipment
- Clients must have a physical disability. Please note we do not provide dogs for anxiety, PTSD, hearing problems, seizure alert, or diabetic alert