Things to Know Before You Apply
SDI adopts dogs from shelters and rescue groups, as well as career change dogs from other organizations and trains them to be assistance dogs for individuals in Texas.
We train three types of assistance dogs:
Hearing Dogs for the deaf or hard of hearing.
Mobility Service Dogs for individuals with paralysis, limb loss, etc.
Facility Dogs for courtrooms and EMS services.
We train EACH DOG to the specific recipient’s needs and situation.
Who We Train For:
- Adult individuals (25 years or older) and veterans who are Texas residents living with hearing or mobility impairment that need an assistance dog to accompany them in public facilities (full public access)
- Courthouses, EMS services, Firestations, and other facilities
What it costs:
We provide our dogs free-of-charge through the generous support of our donors. However, there are some personal costs for which a client is responsible.
- You can submit a pre-application questionnaire for free. We’ll screen your questionnaire and send an official application form, if appropriate.
- A non-refundable $50 application fee (which pays for a background check for each applicant and processing fee.)
- Travel and lodging costs to attend sessions at our Training Center in Dripping Springs, Texas
- Care and maintenance for their dog once received (approximately $2000/year)
- Maintaining an active email account and cellphone texting capability. These are our main communication tools during the application process, while on the wait-list, throughout training and for annual re-certification.
It takes time to apply, time to be accepted and time on the waiting list.
- Application process: 3 to 6 months
- Waiting list for dog: 10-24 months
- Wait time depends on finding a dog that suits your needs and living environment. You’ll be involved in a training program while you wait that is required for all clients.
For more details, read all pages in the”Apply for a Dog” and “Our Dogs” sections.
Service Dogs, Inc. prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.