Thank you for your interest in receiving a PAWS Assistance Dog. In an effort to better meet the needs of our future and current clients PAWS has an annual application request time period for all first-time applicants. Application request forms will be available for a non-refundable $25 fee from January 4 – March 31, 2021.
During this time you will be able to request an application to receive a Service Dog to help with physical disabilities, a Hearing Dog to alert to common environmental sounds, a Seizure Response Dog to aid you during or after your seizures and Service Dogs for Children with Autism. Please check our website for the qualifications to receive each type of Assistance Dog and for additional program requirements.
At this time PAWS does not train Psychiatric Service Dogs to assist with PTSD, anxiety, or depression or Diabetic Alert Dogs, or Guide Dogs for the visually impaired, or for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). For the 2021 open enrollment we are not able to take application requests for any individual with impaired balance unless they use adaptive devices such as a wheelchair or scooter when outside their home.
If you have, or have had a PAWS Assistance dog and are in need of a Successor Dog, please contact PAWS directly by calling 616-877-7297 or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be aware that in order for PAWS to place an Assistance Dog with you, we must have a local Field Representative in your area and that coverage is subject to change at any time. PAWS has Field Rep coverage East of the Mississippi River and Arizona. Please click on the link at the top of the page to ensure that we serve your specific area.
Click here for more information on the types of Assistance Dogs we provide.
All fields are required.
If someone in your immediate family is a veteran please check all that apply.
Please understand that due to the increased demand for Assistance Dogs nationwide, the demand far outweighs the supply. Not everyone that applies will be able to receive a PAWS Assistance Dog. The $25 application fee is nonrefundable.
Please answer the following questions regarding your ability to provide and care for an Assistance Dog, which may weigh as much as 90lbs.
A PAWS Assistance Dog will not be placed in a home with any other dog, unless it is a retired PAWS Dog or working Assistance Dog from an Assistance Dogs International or International Guide Dog Federation-accredited agency for someone else in the household. It has been our experience that other dogs in the home can interfere with the bonding and training process of the Assistance Dog Team.
Paws With A Cause is frequently asked if we have any non-shedding or hypoallergenic dogs. Before we answer the question, it helps to know what the inquiries mean by the term and why they are asking. Some people are looking for no or low-shedding dog because they do not want dog hair on their clothes/rugs/furniture, etc. Others have allergies - or family members with allergies - and are looking for what is commonly know as a "hypoallergenic dog." Contrary to popular belief, a dog's hair is not the primary problem for most people with dog allergies. Dog dander and saliva, which sticks to the dog's hair and are shed into the home or transferred to human skin or clothing when the dog is touched, are the chief allergens for most people. To help those with dog allergies, baths will reduce the allergen problem for all types of dogs. Generally, a larger dog will produce more dander than a smaller one; and a dog that barks frequently may disperse more saliva and dander into the air than a quiet dog. But there are also breed differences in the amount of allergens produced and in the amount of hair the dog will shed.
Is anyone in the household allergic to dogs?
Do you need a hypoallergenic dog?
I acknowledge that I was born before March 31, 2003
Hearing Loss: Which type of hearing loss have you been diagnosed with?
Hearing Loss: Do you have a preference for dog size?
I acknowledge I was born before March 31, 2007
I acknowledge that PAWS is not placing dogs with any individual with impaired balance, unless they use adaptive devises such as a wheelchair or scooter when outside their home
Seizures: Have you been diagnosed with epileptic seizures?
Seizures: I understand that a PAWS Seizure Response Dog does NOT predict seizures.
Seizures: I understand that a PAWS Seizure Response Dog will NOT provide protection.
Seizures: I understand that a PAWS Seizure Response Dog will NOT guide me to safety
Seizures: I understand that a PAWS Seizure Response Dog will NOT roll me over.
Autism: Has your child been diagnosed with Autism?
I acknowledge that my child was born AFTER March 31, 2014
Autism: My child exhibits (check all that apply)
Autism: My child is currently in (check all that apply)
Autism: Please list all of the addresses where the child will reside.
There is a $25 fee to request a new client application.
I acknowledge that I have read the areas that PAWS serves and that my $25 application fee is non refundable