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Apply For A Service Dog

Thank you for your interest in Leashes of Valor and for taking the first step toward a transformative partnership with a service dog. Our program is thoughtfully designed to support post-9/11 veterans by providing service dogs at no cost to help with symptoms of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma. Applications will be open through March 31, 2024, and will reopen again on March 1, 2025. 

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a service dog, you must:

  • Be a post-9/11 veteran
  • Be retired or honorably discharged
  • Have a verifiable diagnosis of PTSD, TBI or MST by a licensed professional with a Masters Degree and qualified licensing.

If you meet these requirements, we welcome you to continue with our application process. This comprehensive process encompasses five key phases to ensure a thorough understanding of your needs and to facilitate the best possible match between you and a service dog.

We understand that some parts of the application process may require you to recall sensitive topics. Please know that this information is important for us to ensure the best fit between you and your service dog.

Leashes of Valor is committed to inclusivity and respect, welcoming veterans from all backgrounds. Our goal is to provide not just a service dog but a companion who can offer support, independence, and a renewed sense of purpose.

Application Process

  • 1

    Qualifying Information

    This first phase is your introduction to the application process, where we gather essential information about your veteran status and any qualifying disabilities. It's important to accurately provide this initial data to confirm your eligibility for our program.

  • 2

    Learning Phase

    In this second phase, we explore how your disabilities impact your daily life through a more detailed application. We'll explore various aspects of your current situation, including your home environment, work life, and any pets you may already have. This detailed insight lets us understand your needs and how a service dog can best support you.

  • 3

    Committee Review

    Your application undergoes a thorough review by our dedicated committee, which includes our staff trainers and Warrior Committee. This collaborative evaluation ensures that every aspect of your application is considered so that, if accepted into our program, we can effectively meet your needs.

  • 4

    Pairing List

    Once your application is approved, you will be placed on a pairing list. Our expert staff trainers and Warrior Committee work diligently to identify the right service dog for you, considering the unique requirements and preferences detailed in your application.

  • 5

    10-Day In-Person Warrior Service Dog Class

    The final phase is an immersive 10-day training session where you will meet your service dog. This critical period is designed for bonding, skill-building, and preparing you and your service dog for a successful partnership.

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