Apply for a Companion Dog
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.
Companion Dogs assist those who would benefit from having a well-trained service dog, but do not require public access. These dogs assist clients to enhance their quality of life and achieve greater independence by:
- assisting with physical needs
- enhancing social interactions
- contributing to the well-being as they support their clients at home and at dog friendly public places
Dogs with Wings will consider the application of future Companion Dog applicants if the following criteria are met:
- Applicants must have a disability (assessed on a case-by-case basis).
- Child applicants must be over the age of 3 years old at application and will not be considered for placement until they are over the age of 5 years old.
- We prefer to place Companion Dogs in home environments in which the Companion 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 Companion Dog and offer a stable home environment.
- Families must demonstrate the need for a Companion Dog and that they are not able to train their own pet dog to assist the applicant.
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