FAQs: Applying for a Service Dog

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Freedom Service Dogs does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other legally protected status.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about applying for a service dog from Freedom Service Dogs. We encourage you to read through this list before filling out an application.

We train dogs for persons with physical disabilities, veterans with PTS or traumatic brain injury, and children (5 years and older) and adults on the autism spectrum or with other neurocognitive disabilities.

  1. Complete the FSD service dog application.
  2. Interview with FSD after you submit a completed application.
  3. FSD determines your eligibility. If accepted, you enter a wait period of approximately 3 to 4 years, depending on your needs.
  4. Travel to FSD to meet your dog (this is required no matter where you live) and determine your compatibility with the dog.
  5. Return to FSD for a two-week placement class that teaches you how to work with your dog. On the third week, your trainer will work with you in your home and community, regardless of where you live.

We do not charge a fee for our dogs. If you live out of state, all travel and lodging expenses will be your responsibility.

No, but you must be financially stable enough to provide for your dog’s needs. This includes daily needs like food and treats, as well as regular veterinary visits and emergency medical care.

Once we have interviewed and accepted you, the wait time is currently 3 – 4 years.

Unfortunately, no. Traveling to our facility to meet a dog and attending the two-week placement class at our facility are both requirements of our program. We are happy to discuss your options with you and recommend service dog agencies that may be closer to where you live.