Apply for an Autism Service Dog
(For children between the ages of 3 and 10 years)
Due to the volume of applications we have received, as well as meeting the needs of our current clients, we are unable to accept applications for our programs at this time. We invite you to continue checking our website for announcements regarding our applications re-opening to the public.
If you have any questions, please direct them to our Client Services Coordinator, Emily Hendsbee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism Service Dogs provide greater safety and independence for children with Autism who have the tendency to bolt by:
- sensory regulation
- help with sleep disturbance
- stress and anxiety reduction for children
- social facilitation with peers
- safety and independence
Dogs with Wings will consider the application of future Autism Service applicants if the following criteria are met:
- Applicants must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder at the time of application.
- Applicants must be within the ages of 3 and 10 years old at time of application. Applicants will only be matched with an Autism Service Dog when they are 5+ years old, as the typical wait is 2 years and to match the maturity of the child.
- If an applicant ages out at an age of over 13 the applicant will not be able to receive an Autism Service Dog.
- Applicants must demonstrate a safety or flight risk that an Autism Service Dog could help mitigate.
- We prefer to place Autism Service Dogs in home environments in which the Autism Service Dog is the only canine living in the home. However, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Families must be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the Autism Service Dog and offer a stable home environment.
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