Apply for a Dog | PAWS Assistance Dogs, Inc.


Apply for a Dog

img_2347-copyWhether you are interested in a Service/Assistance Dog, Support or Facilities Dog,

we have a screening process to determine if PAWS can provide you with a dog that fits your needs. Eligibility requirements and screening procedures vary for each type of dog that we place.

Applications may be requested by email: Email Us

adabuttonfPlease include the following in your initial email:

  • Full Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Best Time to Call
  • Type of Dog Desired (Service/Assistance, Support or Facilities Dog) and person in need
  • City and State in which you reside


tugWho Qualifies to Apply for a Service or Assistance Dog

To qualify for one of our fully trained Service or Assistance dogs you must be a combat wounded disabled American veteran or a child with a qualifying disability.

Please keep in mind that we train for physical support and mobility assistance. Preference is given to those living in Southwest Florida.

We occasionally accept other applications on a case-by-case basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be over the age of 6 to apply for a Service or Assistance dog.



childWho Qualifies to Apply for a Support Dog

Our Support Dogs are gifted to those who may not qualify for a fully trained Service or Assistance dog, but meet all other program guidelines for placement of a skilled dog.

Recipients must live in Southwest Florida.

Children with Autism or other related developmental disorders are encouraged to apply but must meet all other program requirements.

Please note that Support Dogs do not qualify for Public Access Rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).




facilityWho Qualifies to Apply for a Facilities Dog

PAWS Facilities Dogs are placed in group living environments in Southwest Florida.

Qualified facilities include group homes for children, senior centers and other group living settings that may be deemed appropriate by the PAWS staff.

Facility Dogs are able to work in directed therapy with an in-house therapist and to provide canine comfort and companionship for the residents. They may live full-time at the training academy or return home each evening with a member of the staff.