Apply for a Service Dog at Putnam Service Dogs

Putnam Service Dogs provides free Service Dogs and follow-up support to people with physical
disabilities other than blindness for residents of the United States. This includes hearing alert dogs.

We don’t provide PTSD, Autism, or Emotional Support dogs, nor do we warrant consistent seizure alert dogs. Therapy dogs are not service dogs, so we do not train Therapy dogs either.

Currently, the wait for our Service Dogs is about a year, 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 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 and intelligence to function as Service Dogs.

During our application process, your training period with your dog, and our follow-up support, we will ensure the safety and humane treatment of our Service Dogs. Our Service Dogs remain our dogs, even when placed with their recipients. We will be asking you to submit information for us to ensure a Service Dog is appropriate for you, and to assist us in our matching process.  We will be seeking reliability of the dog being taken out to safely eliminate at least 4 times/day, and to be exercised sufficiently every day. Our Service dogs cost over $25,000 to raise and train, and many hours have been devoted to the socializing and training of the dog.  We seek recipients who are motivated to be the best friend/handler of this very special dog.

We will take our Service Dog back at any sign of neglect or cruelty. We will not allow our Service Dogs to pull wheelchairs, or function as a brace. If you use a wheelchair, or do so while living with our Service Dog, if you can’t propel the wheelchair yourself, we expect you will get a power wheelchair. We expect you will use some method other than our dog to assist you as a brace. These activities can harm our dogs.

We give you the huge gift of one of our Service Dogs and follow-up support services, and we expect you to treat this very special dog with reverence, and knowledge, and to meet it’s basic living requirements competently and humanely.

Our Service Dogs are individually trained to be a Mobility Service Dog, or a Hearing Alert Dog to match the needs of their recipient. Their skills can include retrieving dropped items, pushing elevator and automatic door button, 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.

Our dogs are not trained to assist people with autism, perform guide work for the blind, to be reliable seizure alert dogs, to respond aggressively or provide personal protection, or to assist with the management of mental illness as a primary condition.

We will begin graduating Service Dogs at the end of 2018, and have younger classes in training (see our puppies).

Please complete the following application. All * must be completed for the form to submit.

Applying does not guarantee you will receive a dog.

(If you are applying for a Facility Dog, please click here)

Your Name and Address
Salutation* :
Under 21 or incapable of competently caring for a dog?* YesNo If no, please add custodial parent or guardian contact info.
Custodial Information
Salutation :
I approve all communications going to both me and my guardian.
Additional Contact Information
Would you like to add an additional contact? YesNo If yes, please add below.
About You
Do you require a Hearing Alert Dog?* YesNo
Do you require a Seizure Alert Dog?* YesNo
Do you require a Hypoallergenic Dog?* YesNo
Are your living arrangements conducive to caring for a Service Dog?* YesNo
How will you exercise the dog?*
Do you have a support system (family and/or friends) to assist with transitioning to life with our Service Dog and with the responsibilities of owning a dog?* YesNo
A Service Dog will cost $1,500+/year to feed and provide vet care. Can you afford this?* YesNo
Will the applicant (and Parent/Guardian/Caretaker if relevant) be able to attend a 5 day training session in Putnam County, NY? You will be responsible for room and board during this period with some assistance from us.* YesNo
Your Personal Information
Your Birth date :
Your Height : " ' (Feet/Inches)
Your Weight :
Marital Status : SingleMarriedWidowed/WidowerDivorced
Who else lives with you? (People and animals)*
Note: Since another dog in the household will distract our Service Dog, we are only placing Service Dogs in homes that have no other dogs.
Type of Home you live in* : ApartmentHouseOther
Fenced Yard?* : YesNo

Type of Area you live in* : UrbanSuburbanRuralOther
Type of Area you and your Service Dog will visit frequently* : UrbanSuburbanRuralOther
List any Medical Condition(s)* :
Please enter none if no conditions exist.
Disabled?* : YesNo
If Yes, How long have you been disabled?
How does your disability affect your life and current level of independence?:
List the type of activities you want your Service Dog to assist you with
Retrieve and deliver dropped items?* : YesNo
Fetch Items?* : YesNo
Turn lights on and off?* : YesNo
Assist you in dressing?* : YesNo
Assist you in doing the laundry?* : YesNo
Go for help in case of an emergency?* : YesNo
Open doors?* : YesNo

Open drawers?* : YesNo
Press elevator buttons?* : YesNo
Accompany you in crowded situations?* : YesNo
What other activities were you hoping your Service Dog would perform?
Name of person completing this form and contact information (Phone and email)