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SERVICE DOG

To be eligible for a PAWS Service Dog, an individual must:

  • Be 14 years or older
  • Have a physical disability, debilitating chronic illness or neurological disorder affecting one or more limbs
    • If the dog is also trained for seizure tasks, an individual must have a minimum of one seizure per month
    • If the dog is also trained for hearing tasks, an individual must have a minimum of 30% bilateral hearing loss and be 18 years or older
  • Be physically and cognitively capable of participating in the training process, up to one hour a day
  • Be able to independently command and handle their Assistance Dog
  • Be able to meet the emotional, physical and financial needs of the Assistance Dog
  • Be in a stable home environment
  • Actively improve their quality of life and pursue independence with their Assistance Dog
  • Have no other dog in the home (can have other animals)
  • Live in an area serviced by a PAWS Field Rep (determined upon application)

 

HEARING DOG

To be eligible for a PAWS Hearing Dog, an individual must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a minimum of 30% bilateral hearing loss
    • If the dog is also trained for seizure tasks, an individual must have a minimum of one seizure per month
    • If the dog is also trained for a physical disability, an individual must have a physical disability, debilitating chronic illness or neurological disorder affecting one or more limbs
  • Be physically and cognitively capable of participating in the training process, up to one hour a day
  • Be able to independently command and handle their Assistance Dog
  • Be able to meet the emotional, physical and financial needs of the Assistance Dog
  • Be in a stable home environment
  • Actively improve their quality of life and pursue independence with their Assistance Dog
  • Have no other dog in the home (can have other animals)
  • Live in an area serviced by a PAWS Field Rep (determined upon application)

 

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SEIZURE RESPONSE DOG

To be eligible for a PAWS Seizure Response Dog, an individual must:

  • Be 14 years or older
  • Have a minimum of one seizure per month
    • If the dog is also trained for hearing tasks, an individual must have a minimum of 30% bilateral hearing loss and be 18 years or older
    • If the dog is also trained for a physical disability, an individual must have a physical disability, debilitating chronic illness or neurological disorder affecting one or more limbs
  • Be physically and cognitively capable of participating in the training process, up to one hour a day
  • Be able to independently command and handle their Assistance Dog
  • Be able to meet the emotional, physical and financial needs of the Assistance Dog
  • Be in a stable home environment
  • Actively improve their quality of life and pursue independence with their Assistance Dog
  • Have no other dog in the home (can have other animals)
  • Live in an area serviced by a PAWS Field Rep (determined upon application)

 

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SERVICE DOGS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

To be eligible for a PAWS Service Dog for Children with Autism, an individual must:

  • Be 4-12 years old: application received by 7th birthday; needs assessment completed by 9th birthday; placement prior to 12th birthday
  • Be in an ongoing education program
  • Be in a speech, physical, occupational or recreational therapy program
  • Can be a “runner”
  • Have excellent family support
  • Have a parent or guardian trained as a facilitator; sibling facilitators need to be 18 years or older
  • Travel with the facilitator to Michigan at their own expense for four days of team training
  • Have the ability to train with their dog a minimum of one hour a day during team training
  • Have no other dog in the home (can have other animals)
  • Live in an area serviced by a PAWS Field Rep (determined upon application) 

If the applicant is younger than PAWS’ minimum age, visit www.assistancedogsinternational.org for a list of other ADI programs that may train for younger children.

While Paws With A Cause has established eligibility criterion for the types of Assistance Dogs we provide, we do not discriminate against any applicant based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, age, nationality, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, citizenship status, military service status or any other consideration as indicated by federal, state or local laws. 

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