Receiving a Canine Assistant
Recipients & Dogs
Feel like you or someone you know might be a good candidate for a canine assistant?
Applications are available on the organization's website. Canine Assistants' Recipient Coordinator interviews applicants about 4 to 6 weeks after receiving their submissions. Together, they determine if a dog would be beneficial. If so, the applicant is placed on the waiting list.
Canine Assistants' waiting list currently features about 1,600 applicants. Unfortunately, the wait for a service dog can be up to five years or even longer. The waiting list is unabashedly needs-based; the experienced staff carefully evaluates how much a dog could help each applicant physically, emotionally and socially, and those with the greatest need go to the top of the list.
However, in spite of the long waiting list, Canine Assistants encourages all applications; the guidance, friendship and love of a service dog is definitely worth the wait!