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Apply for a Service Dog

4 Paws for Ability service dogs are trained case specifically for their partner! We work with children of all ages and veterans. It is our priority to treat all applicants with the respect and dignity that they deserve. This includes assuring the privacy of personal information, time sensitive communication and a transparent process. Applications are accepted based on whether we are able to meet the needs of the client, without consideration towards race, gender or religion.

Application Requirements

There are three components to the 4 Paws for Ability Service Dog application

  1. Application (submission below)

Start by completing an application and submitting it to 4 Paws. If you have partially completed it, you are able to save it and a copy will be sent to your email to access the application. After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email with a copy of your application and instructions to complete the health form and reference letters.

  • Health form completed by a doctor confirming the diagnosis and supporting the placement of a service dog
  • Two letters of reference from individuals that know your family but are not related (therapist, neighbor, friend, teacher, etc)

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4 Paws for Ability Applications

Please be sure you access the correct application – 4 Paws for Ability primarily assists children. We also have small programs for veterans, adults with Alzheimer’s, and non-veteran adults for Diabetic Alert and Hearing Ear who are able to be placed with a small breed service dog. Each application is slightly different.

Child Application – An individual who is under 18 years old, or older than 18 years old and is not their own legal guardian and needs the support of a service dog with parental assistance.

Adult Application – An individual who is deaf/hard of hearing or has Type 1 Diabetes. Note: These are the only types that we place with adult non veterans.

Veteran Application – A US Veteran who has been honorably discharged from the military.

Alzheimer’s Assistance Application – An individual with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia who would benefit from a service dog handled by a full time caregiver or spouse.

More Questions Before Applying? What is the cost? What is the wait time?

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If you can’t find the answer to your question, please feel free to reach out using the below contact information and we are happy to help!


Phone Number: 937-374-0385