We change lives – 1 dog at a time.
Putnam Service Dogs provides free Service Dogs and follow-up support to people with physical disabilities other than blindness. This is the only type of service dog we train.
If you’re seeking an Emotional Support dog, please complete our application to adopt a Release Dog on our website Home Page under Applications.
We look for applicants who can competently and humanely care for a dog, are residents of the United States, and who will benefit from having one of our service dogs.
Currently, the wait for our Service Dogs is about 2 years, depending on your needs, and the capabilities and temperament of our pups in training.
We need volunteer puppy raisers and vacation fosterers to produce more Service Dogs! Please ask your friends to apply.
We foster the nurturing bond between humans and dogs, and treat our dogs humanely and
respectfully during their raising and training. We expect our recipients, their families, friends, caregivers, etc. to treat our Service Dogs as they would any treasured friend. A lot has gone into creating our Service Dogs. Graduated Service Dogs are a rare, precious gift as not many dogs have the necessary temperament, focus, and intelligence to function as a Service Dog.
To protect the dog, we do not allow our Service Dogs to pull wheelchairs, or function as a brace by placing their full weight on the dog to get back up from a fall. These activities can harm our dogs.
Our Service Dogs are individually trained to match the needs of their recipient. Our dogs’ skills can include retrieving dropped items, pushing elevator and automatic door buttons, tugging open doors and drawers and closing them, turning lights on and off, getting help, assisting in dressing, alerting to sounds – ringing phone, knock on door, etc.
To apply, please complete the following application. All * must be completed for the form to submit.
Applying does not guarantee you will receive a dog. Any misrepresentation(s) on the application will result in disqualification of the application.