If you are interested in applying for an Assistance Dog, please review the eligibility requirements below, types of dogs we provide, and the Assistance Dogs Northwest application process.
If you meet the requirements, please email the Assistance Dogs Northwest office at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a phone interview. Application packages are sent out after completion of the phone interview.
*Note: Due to the high volume of inquiries, only those applicants who closely meet our eligibility requirements may receive follow-up.
You may refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.
General Eligibility Policies: To be eligible to receive an Assistance Dog from Assistance Dogs Northwest, the applicant must satisfy the eligibility checklist that follows. All applicants or potential applicants are considered equally regardless of race, sex religion, or any other categories protected by law.
- Be willing and able to provide for the dog’s physical, emotional and financial needs.
- Have a positive, “can do” attitude and no anger management problems.
- Live in Washington State, Oregon, or Idaho
- Have a fenced yard or contained area.
- Have a stable home environment
- Be emotionally and mentally stable
- Be financially stable
- Have a teachable attitude
- Be able to attend an intensive two week Team Training Camp on Bainbridge Island, WA, pay the $500 tuition, as well as cover airfare, accommodations, and transportation. In some cases Assistance Dogs of Northwest may be able to assist with accommodation and transportation costs.
Please note that ADNW does not train medical detection/alert, emotional support animals, or mobility/balance dogs.
Assistance Dogs Northwest trains and places Service Dogs and Facility Dogs. Applicants must agree to follow Assistance Dogs Northwest’s and ADI’s standards of care and ethics for working dogs, including adhering to all exercise, health 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 on Bainbridge Island, WA and participate in ongoing follow-up visits and training for the lifetime of the partnership.
- Applicants must be at least 10 years old.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate a need for a Service Dog and to describe the ways in which a dog will increase your independence and assist you.
- Applicants must have a physical disability including but not limited to Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injuries, Lupus, Amputations, or Paralysis, which could be helped by the presence of a Service Dog.
- Applicants must have a stable home environment, a desire for more independence and a positive attitude.
- Applicants must be at least one-year post injury or onset of disability.
- Have a desire for more independence
- Applicants must be health care professionals and commit to using the dog as part of the services they provide.
- Applicants must be a director or employee of an institution providing services for people who could benefit from the skills of a Facility Dog.
- Applicants must agree to be the dog’s primary handler and take responsibility for its ongoing expenses, training and care.
- Applicants must have a stable home environment, a desire to help people and a positive attitude.