Apply for a Guide 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.
Guide Dogs provide safe mobility and independence to people who are blind or visually impaired by:
- maintaining a straight line of travel
- changing direction on command
- indicating road crossings
- negotiating around obstacles
- locating objects such as stairs, doors, elevators
Dogs with Wings will consider the application of future Guide Dog applicants if the following criteria are met:
- Applicants must be considered legally blind.
- Applicants must be 15+ years old at time of application and 16+ years old at placement.
- Applicants must demonstrate an active enough lifestyle and have 3-5 routes that a Guide Dog could assist with.
- Applicants must have received Orientation & Mobility Training (e.g. CNIB) before application.
- Applicants must demonstrate sufficient traffic and intersection awareness to safely train with a Guide Dog
- Applicants must have the mental awareness to be the sole handler of a Guide Dog, and be responsible for the dog in public places.
- We prefer to place Guide Dogs in home environments in which the Guide Dog is the only canine living in the home. However, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants must be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the Guide 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