Service Dog Client Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a PAALS service dog, clients must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 16 or older to have independent service dogs. PAALS will consider younger facilitated team placements.
  • Must live within 230 miles of PAALS facility in Columbia, SC. PTSD applicants only must live within 120 miles of PAALS facility in Columbia, SC.
  • Must be able to provide a safe environment.
  • Must be able to provide dog with exercise daily.
  • Must be able to afford annual dog supplies and veterinary services averaging $1,000 per year.
  • Must have no more than one additional dog living in the home with the PAALS dog.
  • Must have a stable living situation for a minimum of year before placement.
  • Must have explored potential employment and housing conflicts.
  • Must be willing to send follow-up paperwork proving medical care and continued training to PAALS after placement of assistance dog.
  • Must be able to attend a two week team training session in Columbia, SC prior to placement at their own expense and to provide their own transportation, housing, meals and care attendant if needed.
  • Must have realistic expectations of tasks/roles a dog could perform which could assist a person with a disability and/or a a teacher, counselor or therapist who work with people with disabilities (facility dog).
  • Must have back-up care arranged for assistance dog in case of an emergency.
  • Must be willing to continue the training program that PAALS begins for the team throughout the working life of the dog.
  • Must keep PAALS apprised of any changes that would affect any of the above after application is accepted.
  • Must treat PAALS dog with unconditional love!

You can download a copy of these requirements HERE.

if you do not meet one or more of PAALS client eligibility requirements, here are some resources to assist you with finding a service dog.