Here you will find information about applying for a Companion or Service Dog through our program. Please follow these steps to get started.
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1. Download and view/print a copy of our Client Application Cover Letter in PDF format. On the bottom of the first page of this cover letter you will find additional requirements needed for completing the application process. Included on this page and also below is a glossary of terms, for the types of dogs that we offer.
2. Download and print a copy of ourClient Application in PDF format. Please fill this out as completely as possible. The more information that you provide on your application, helps us to better match a potential dog for you. If you don't understand a question or are not sure how to answer, please contact us. If questions are left unanswered, we will contact you to go over the application. If you have questions and have not found an answer on our Q & A page, please contact us.
3. Mail your completed application along with your $25 application fee to:
New Hope Assistance Dogs, Inc.
Attn: Tammy Rogers-President
3 Scott Run Road
Warren, PA. 16365
Once we receive your application our president will screen your application and meet with our skilled team of trainers and board members. We will put together a plan of action and provide you with information on what type of training that will be required for your Assistance Dog. This process may take 4 to 6 weeks to complete. Applicants that have more extensive needs may require more time to process.
Our waiting list is not time based but rather a match of the Service Dog skills to match the individual's needs and lifestyle. This match is a critical factor in determining who will receive which Service Dog. Once we determine which dog is the best match for you, we will give you an estimated time frame on when we expect to have your Service Dog ready for you. Once the dog is nearing completion of training we will contact you to arrange Team Training. Team Training is when you come to our facility and learn how to handle and work with your Service Dog partner.Click here for more information on Team Training.
Finally we would like to thank you for your interest in our non-profit organization. We look forward to working with you and your family on the placement of a Assistance Dog. If you have any additional questions before, during or after filling out your application, please feel free to contact us.
3 Scott Run Rd. Phone: (814) 726-1620
Warren, PA. 16365 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright New Hope Assistance Dogs Inc. 2015. All Rights Reserved.
PAYING FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE DOG
We will provide you with a list of businesses that offer fundraising events. Be aware all locations may not offer the same fundraising opportunities. Please be advised that there are generally local organizations and business that offer fundraising opportunities in your area. Our list is just a start, there are many other fundraising opportunities that are available out there.
We will also provide you with websites and/or companies that offer grants, that may be applicable to you. In addition to what we provide, you may also want to search for other grants that may be available to you. You will need to fill out the grant applications, we will assist you and help to answer those questions that you are struggling with. We will also provide you with documentation that may be needed from us when you are applying for a grant.
These are just a few of the ways in which you can help to get funding for your Service Dog. Most clients reach out to local churches, organizations and the community they are members of in order to obtain additional help in setting up fundraisers, benefit dinners, auctions, etc. We have found that fundraisers are generally more profitable when you are present. So you will want to be at your fundraising event or arrange for someone to be there you. You will be responsible to set up your fundraising event.
New Hope Assistance Dogs, Inc. of Warren, Pa. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates on donations, grants, memorials, and business sponsorships. Monetary donations are tax deductible by the extent allowed by the law and always appreciated.
Glossary of Terms For Types of Dogs That We Offer
*Assistance Dog ~ A generic term for Guide, Hearing, or Service Dog specifically trained to do more than one task to mitigate an individual's disabilities. The presence of a dog for protection, personal defense, or comfort does not qualify that dog as an Assistance Dog.
*Companion Dog ~ A dog that provides companionship to an individual this can be a child or adult, with or without disabilities. This dog is not able to have public access.
*Skilled Companion Dog ~ A Skilled Companion Dog is a Service Dog trained to work or perform tasks with an adult or child with a disability. This dog is not able to have public access.
*Hearing Dog ~ A dog that alerts individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to specific sounds. The presence of a dog for protection, personal defense, or comfort does not qualify that dog as an Assistance Dog.
*Seizure Response Dog ~ A dog that is trained to provide comfort and/or a sense of safety to a person who is experiencing or has just experienced a seizure. This is a type of Assistance Dog.
*Service Dog ~ A dog that works for individuals with disabilities other than blindness or deafness. They are trained to perform a wide range of tasks that will mitigate a variety of disabilities. These dogs are trained to do at least three tasks to mitigate their partners disabilities. The presence of a dog for protection, personal defense, or comfort does not qualify that dog as an Assistance Dog.
*Therapy/Facility Dog ~ A specially trained dog that is working with a volunteer or a professional who has been trained to provide visitation to hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, prisons, and schools. Not only do they provide affection, comfort and entertainment to these places but also can be useful in educating children experiencing learning disabilities. They are also a great source of stress-reduction when used during natural disasters, victims of accidents, and crimes. A Therapy Dog provides therapy to the patient this is in the facility or coming in for a appointment. Public access is permitted only when the dog and handler, who is a trained volunteer or professional, who is directly working with a client with a disability.
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