Client-dog teams consist of a person living with a disability and a highly trained dog. Our clients live with disabilities like autism, traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy (MD), Down syndrome, cerebral palsy (CP), spinal cord injuries, and more. We also serve veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS); however, we do not provide service dogs for non-military civilians diagnosed with PTS.
Professionally trained service dogs can assist their human partners with a variety of tasks, such as retrieving and carrying objects, opening and closing doors, operating lights, pushing 911 and medical alert buttons, assisting with mobility, and other specialized tasks needed by the client.
Service dogs are legally guaranteed full public access and are able to accompany their partners to all public places, including stores, the airport, work, school, and restaurants. FSD provides ongoing lifetime support and hands-on assistance to all of our client-dog teams—at no charge
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Adopt a Career-change Dog
Who are our adoptable dogs?
Of the dogs we take in, only a small percentage will become fully trained service dogs. Those that prefer a different career path enter our adoption program so that we can find them loving homes. Dogs may be released from our training program because they:
- may not have the qualifications to become a service dog
- may be timid, easily distracted, or unable to resist chasing the occasional squirrel
- have X-rays or eye exams indicating they cannot complete service dog certification
- may require advanced behavior modification.
All dogs that come through our doors receive a second chance at finding their calling in life, whether it’s as a service dog, a family pet, a hiking companion, or a lap warmer. Consider making a difference by adopting one of our wonderful career-change dogs!
Please note that most of our adoptable dogs have not gone through service dog training. They are NOT service dogs. The amount of training they have had varies. To make them successful family pets, behavior modification may be required, and guidance from a professional trainer may be recommended.
How to adopt a career-change dog
Our goal is to place dogs in permanent, loving homes. Please complete our Dog Adoption Application so we can assist you in finding a special, compatible companion to join your family. With this information, we can minimize the risk of a failed adoption. We do not adopt our dogs on a “first-come, first-served” basis, but rather try to match families to available dogs.
Please note that we have a few ground rules:
- You must be at least 21 years of age to adopt.
- Dogs are placed in permanent homes at our sole discretion.
- We may refuse to adopt to anyone without providing a specific reason.
- All dogs are the legal property of Freedom Service Dogs until the requisite Adoption Contract is signed, all requirements of the contract are met, and the adoption fee is received.
Our dog adoption fees start at $1,000. These fees help to defray the costs of spaying/neutering, testing, and vaccinating our dogs, treatment of heartworm and other parasites, and any necessary surgeries, but these fees do not cover all our expenses.
Our dogs are tested for parasites and heartworm, placed on heartworm preventative medication, and spayed or neutered before being adopted.
This is a lengthy application, but the information you provide helps us make a well-informed decision, as well as the most ideal match. Please be as thorough as possible in your responses.a