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Eligibility

If you are interested in applying for an Assistance Dog from Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), please review the eligibility requirements below for information on the types of dogs we provide and the application process.

After reviewing the following information, if you feel you meet these eligibility requirements, we invite you to fill out an inquiry form.

If you have additional questions, please email dana@warriorcanineconnection.org.

General Eligibility Policies:

To be eligible to receive an Assistance Dog from Warrior Canine Connection, the applicant must satisfy the eligibility checklist that follows. All potential applicants are considered equally regardless of race, sex, religion, or any other categories protected by law. Warrior Canine Connection is committed to interacting with all Veterans with respect and dignity at all times.

General Eligibility Requirements:

Warrior Canine Connection trains and places Service Dogs for physical and psychiatric disabilities, Facility Dogs and Military Family Support Dogs.

Applicants must agree to follow Warrior Canine Connection and Assistance Dogs International standards of care and ethics for working dogs; including adhering to all exercise, health, behavior and training regiments. In addition, all applicants must commit to maintaining the training level of each dog and give it opportunities to use its skills. Applicants must also attend a 2-3 week training camp at WCC headquarters and participate in ongoing follow-up visits and training for the lifetime of the partnership. All applicants must live within 100 miles of WCC headquarters in Boyds, MD for at least six months following placement.

There is no fee for the dog or for the training.

Service Dog Applicants Must:

  • Be a Veteran or in the later stages of the process of medical evaluation for separation from the military.
  • Have the support and a referral from your Health Care Provider for obtaining an assistance dog.
  • Have a disability that impacts your quality of life, independence and ability to engage in activities of daily living. We train our dogs for individuals with mobility limitations, as well as to assist with behaviorally related anxiety disorders. Whereas other disorders (mood disorders, thought disorders), may be co-occurring with anxiety disorders, the dogs are principally trained to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation of anxiety disorder spectrum.
  • Be able to describe how an assistance dog would help increase your independence and engagement in daily occupations.
  • Be willing and able to provide for the dog’s physical, emotional and financial needs.
  • If applying for a service dog for a physical disability, you must have completed your in-patient rehabilitation program and/or be at least one (1) year post-injury/on-set of disability.
  • If applying for a service dog for a psychiatric disability, you must be successfully engaged in your individualized treatment program related to your specific diagnosis for a minimum of six months.
  • Strive to have a positive, “can do” attitude and effectively implement emotional regulation tools/techniques as needed.
  • Have a stable home environment and support of all other household and family members.
  • Have a desire for more independence.
  • Be financially stable.
  • Have an open mind and willingness to learn.
  • Be able to attend an intensive two (2) week Team Training Camp at WCC headquarters, as well as cover airfare, accommodations, and transportation. In some cases Warrior Canine Connection may be able to assist with accommodation and transportation costs.

Military Family Support Dog (MFSD) Applicants Must:

  • Be Active Duty Military or a Veteran.
  • Have the support and referral of your Health Care Provider for obtaining a Military Family Support Dog.
  • Be able to describe your need for a MFSD to help facilitate family relationships.
  • Be willing and able to provide for the dog’s physical, emotional and financial* needs.
  • Strive to have a positive, “can do” attitude and effectively implement emotional regulation tools/techniques as needed.
  • Have a relatively stable home environment and support of all other household members.
  • Be financially stable.
  • Have an open mind and willingness to learn.
  • Be able to attend an intensive two (2) week Team Training Camp at WCC headquarters, as well as cover airfare, accommodations, and transportation.

Facility Dog Applicants Must:

  • Work in a treatment or healthcare facility that provides care for Active Duty Military or Veterans.
  • Be able to describe how a Facility Dog would provide support for the population that you serve.
  • Be willing and able to provide for the dog’s physical, emotional and financial* needs.
  • Have a positive, “can do” attitude.
  • Have a stable home environment and support of all other household members.
  • Have full support of the clinical team and leadership at your facility.
  • Be financially stable.
  • Have a open mind and willingness to learn.
  • Be able to attend an intensive two (2) week Team Training Camp at WCC headquarters, as well as cover airfare, accommodations, and transportation.

If you feel you meet these eligibility requirements and would like an application, or if you have additional questions, please send an email to danielle@warriorcanineconnection.org.

*The following are estimated yearly costs for a service dog. The actual cost will vary depending on location.

Food                                       $480 – $600
Toys/Treats/Misc.                   $200 – $500
Monthly Preventatives            $360 – $480
Veterinarian Visits                   $200  – $500

Total:                                       $1,240 – $2,080

Emergency Care:  One visit can cost a minimum of $1,000!