Who is eligible to apply to America's VetDogs?
Men and women who are active military, veterans who have been honorably discharged, and first responders who are visually or hearing impaired or physically disabled. Also eligible are professionals working with Military organizations that provide physical or mental health care to clients who will benefit from interaction with an Assistance Dog. Our PTSD service dog program is limited to veterans with combat-related PTSD and first-responders with work-related PTSD.
For guide dog users, we accept residents of the United States who are age 16 and older and classified as legally or totally blind. We also require that each student have the ability to independently travel using their current mobility device. Applicants must also be physically able to work with a guide dog and also be able to care for their dog. If an applicant has successfully completed O & M training within the past several years, we will request an O & M instructor's report. Some exceptions to residency are considered on a case-by-case basis.
All services are provided at no cost to clients
— this includes your dog, transportation to and from our campus in Smithtown, NY, instruction, and more.
America’s VetDogs and its related organization, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, were the first two assistance dog schools in the United States accredited by both Assistance Dogs International
and the International Guide Dog Federation
If you have any questions about our programs, please reach out to the America's VetDogs Consumer Service office at 866-282-8047 or ConsumerServices@VetDogs.org