Rescuing Dogs to
Paws for Veterans
YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 6 MONTHS FROM THE TIME THAT YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION IF YOUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED. ONCE APPROVED, THE WAIT FOR A SERVICE DOG COULD BE 12 MONTHS TO 18 MONTHS BECAUSE ALL OUR DOGS FULLY TRAINED PRIOR TO BEING PLACED WITH A VETERAN OR FIRST RESPONDER.
YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO:
1. ATTEND A 2 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS TRAINING COURSE AT OUR LOCATION IN FLORIDA
IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIVING YOUR SERVICE DOG
2. ATTEND A 1 WEEK COURSE 6 TO 12 MONTHS LATER AT OUR LOCATION FOR FOLLOW-UP, TESTING, AND GRADUATION
3. SUBMIT MONTHLY VIDEOS AS WELL AS PHONE AND WEB CONFERENCING FOR UP TO ONE YEAR
Print both "step 1" and "step 2" forms, complete, and sign each page and space where a signature is indicated and mail or fax in
Paws for Veterans
63 Ocean Blvd.
Satellite Beach, FL 32937
Fax: (321) 425-4183
Before consideration, the Veteran must complete the brief application in its entirety
SUBMITTING AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION WILL ONLY RESULT IN
YOUR APPLICATION BEING PUT AT THE END OF THE WAIT LIST AS WE HAVE A LARGE
NUMBER OF APPLICANTS SO PLEASE COMPLETE THE WHOLE APPLICATION
We apologize for this but we are a small organization of only
4 people and unfortunately we don't have the
manpower to take the time required to handle incomplete applications.
Incomplete application submissions slow down the application processing time
and makes the wait longer for everyone.
ITEMS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION:
(application cannot be submitted without the following items)
1. Copy of the signed letter, on Doctor's letterhead, from your medical doctor
(not a counselor or social worker)
that states that your Doctor recommends a "service animal"
(not therapy or emotional support animal)
"to help you mitigate your disability due to your Military or First Responder service"
2. Copy of your drivers license
3. Copy of your DD 214 (showing your honorable discharge) or 60 day letter
(you must be retired, honorably discharged or within 60 days of being retired or honorably discharged
due to the time requirements of our training process)
*First Responders exempt from #3 unless they have prior Military service
4. Last 3 household paystubs or bank statements showing direct deposit
(this verifies that you have the financial ability to care for a service dog as monthly food, flea/tick prevention,
heartworm prevention, veterinary care, etc. gets costly)
5. Photos of the inside and outside of your residence
(used for the dog selection process)
6. Completed, in its entirety, the background check paperwork provided in the application for yourself
and any family members or friends you plan to bring with you to receive your dog.
(You will be required to attend your service dogs graduation at the prison, where we train all of our service dogs,
as this is where you will be presented with your service dog. The Department of Corrections
requires that everyone entering the prison have a completed background check. All of our staff, board members and volunteers also have had to do this paperwork to enter the prison. Must be able to pass the background check.)
Wait time for our service dogs range from 12 to 18 months as it takes us time to find each dog for the program, as out selection process is very detailed and specific. Then it takes at least 6 months to train each dog individually for your specific needs. This is not a fast process so please be patient as rushing the process would reduce the quality of each dog's training.
Before beginning the application it is required that you read our
terms and conditions as you will be required to sign and adhere to them
To qualify, you MUST be able to answer "yes" to ALL of these questions:
Are you a Combat Veteran or First Responder?
Do you have PTSD and/or TBI?
Can you financially afford to care for a dog?
Will your doctor provide you with a letter stating your disability requires a service dog?
Can you cover your own travel expenses to pick up the dog and stay for training?
Can you attend a 2 consecutive weeks training course?
Have you read and agreed to our full terms and conditions?