Service dog assistance is a great way to increase the independence of disabled individuals, and there’s been a recent increase in the number of people who are choosing to get service dogs. Unfortunately, this also means that there are more people than ever who need financial assistance for service dog training.
Financial assistance for dog training
The following is a list of some recommended organizations that might be able to provide financial assistance for service dog training for those who qualify:
1. National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS)
The National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) provides financial assistance for the training of service dogs for deaf or physically disabled Americans. They also offer financial aid for veterans and active-duty personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
2. Canines for Disabled Kids
Canines for Disabled Kids provides financial assistance to families who have a child under the age of 18 with a physical disability such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, or Spinal Bifida. This organization has partnered with NEADS to help raise funds by providing a $500 grant towards the purchase of an assistance dog.
3. Assistance Dogs International
Assistance Dogs International is a coalition of different dog-training programs that work together to combine their resources, knowledge and experience. Assistance Dogs International assists people with disabilities by helping to connect them with an assistance or service dog training program.
4. K9 Partners for Patriots
K9 Partners for Patriots provides financial assistance to people who are unable to obtain service dog training due to limited finances. The organization awards grants for the purchase and training of service dogs for people with physical disabilities, including veterans returning from combat.
5. Puppies Behind Bars (PBB)
PBB offers financial assistance to veterans and first responders who want to partner with a service dog but cannot afford one. The organization’s website says that it provides food, equipment, and veterinary care “at no cost to our graduates”.
6. The Puppy Jake Foundation
The Puppy Jake Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to professional training and placing service dogs with wounded military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). Founded by a group of volunteers in the summer of 2013, the Puppy Jake Foundation strives to promote awareness and education regarding Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and to provide comfort, companionship and independence through professionally trained service dogs for Wounded Military Veterans suffering from PTSD.
7. Assistance Dog United Campaign (ADUC)
The Assistance Dog United Campaign (ADUC) provides grants to assist people with disabilities who have a demonstrated financial need, and who have been accepted into an assistance dog program. ADUC has been helping people with disabilities obtain service dogs since 1993. ADUC works with a network of over 1,000 trained service dogs in the United States and Canada, many of which are placed free of charge. The organization also provides financial assistance to help individuals pay for training, food and medical care for their dogs.
8. Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)
CCI is a non-profit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to children, veterans and adults. The organization was founded in 1975 and has helped over 5,000 people as of 2016. The dogs are provided by the organization’s breeding program, which is one of the largest in the country. Further funding comes from individual donors, corporate sponsorships, and fundraising events hosted by volunteers.
How can I get a service dog with no money?
If you have a disability and you want to acquire a service dog, there are several resources out there that can help. The first thing you need is to talk with your doctor about getting a letter stating that you have a disability. You can use this letter as proof that you need a service dog in order to go about the process of getting one.
Next, you have to start looking for a dog that meets the requirements for service dogs. First, the dog has to be highly trained. They have to be able to perform at least two tasks on command, and they also have to be able to stand still and be quiet when required. These two things are very important because they’re what makes them different from regular pets. The main purpose of service dogs is to complete specific tasks that help their owners with their disabilities, so if the dog isn’t able to do this properly, it’s not going to help at all.
You’ll also need to find someone willing to train your dog for free. Most organizations that provide service dogs do so for free because they are nonprofit organizations and rely on donations for funding.
How to get a free service dog for anxiety
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are now the most common mental illness in America. Symptoms can be debilitating for those who suffer from them, and many sufferers look for alternative treatments to prescription medication—including the use of service dogs.
Service dogs are specially-trained animals who assist people with disabilities, such as those with hearing impairment or blindness. In some cases, service dogs can be trained to help people with physical disabilities or behavioral disorders such as anxiety.
In order to qualify for a service dog, you must be diagnosed with a disability by a medical professional—and that disability must prohibit you from doing things that you could otherwise do if it weren’t for your disability (such as using public transportation). Many people who want a service dog aren’t able to work with their current mental health provider to qualify and get approved, which is where Canine Companions comes in. They provide service dogs to anyone who qualifies under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), regardless of need or ability to pay. Their program has been operating since 1975 and they have already matched over 2600 dogs with their new owners.
Pet assistance for low-income families
There are several organizations that offer assistance to pet owners who need help with their pets’ needs.
1. Magic Bullet Fund
The Magic Bullet Fund offers grants to low-income families who need financial assistance to take care of their pets. Eligible expenses include spay/neuter, food, medication, medical treatment for illnesses or injuries, and more.
2. The Pet Fund
The Pet Fund assists families in paying for veterinary care for their pets by providing grant money directly to veterinary offices for eligible surgical and medical procedures. To be eligible for assistance from The Pet Fund, you must submit a vet bill or receipt along with a completed application form. You can request grant funds directly from the organization via phone, email or fax.
RedRover Relief provides financial assistance as well as free resources such as temporary foster care and disaster relief support services to prevent cruelty to animals nationwide. RedRover has also created a list of organizations by state that offer pet food banks or low-cost spay/neuter programs.
4. The Brown Dog Foundation
The Brown Dog Foundation is another large pet assistance organization that offers grants to low-income families and seniors on fixed incomes with serious medical conditions, as well as the terminally ill.
CareCredit offers credit cards specifically for the purpose of pet care. They have a variety of options, including payment plans that you can pay off throughout the year.
6. The ASPCA
The ASPCA has a fund which assists with emergency medical care for sick or injured animals. This includes food, housing, and veterinary expenses. The funds have strict guidelines but if you qualify, you may receive assistance.
7. The HSUS
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting both pets and people from cruelty, abuse and neglect. One of its programs is Pets for Life, which provides financial assistance to low-income families who need help paying for veterinary care or food for their pets. They also provide information about how to deal with behavioral problems in pets and how to take steps toward making your home safer for your pet.
8. The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund
The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund provides grants to help with vet visits, medications, food, and more that can be paid directly to your vet. They don’t offer loans or credit cards, but rather focus on providing direct support to pet owners in need.