- The dog must be homeless and residing in a shelter or rescue.
- The dog must be a “pit bull” dog.*
- The dog must be physically sound with good bone structure.
- Estimated age should be between 15 months and 2 years.
- The dog must be tolerant with all handling that may be done by the client including nail trims, teeth cleaning, ear cleaning, grooming, etc…
- The dog must tolerate the presence of all other animals, of any kind.
- The dog must be tolerant of all people.
- The dog must demonstrate a desire to work.
Other Items to Note:
Include the name, direct phone number and email address of the appropriate contact person.
Training and placing certified assistance dogs can be a long process, governed by federal laws and requirements and respect for client privacy. Please be patient while we process your application.
Email is preferred, but mailed submissions are accepted at:
Animal Farm Foundation
Attn: Assistance Dog Program
Po Box 624
Bangall, NY 12506
Include with Your Submission
- All official medical information from a veterinarian, as well as any other known health information obtained by the shelter/rescue.
- The dog experiencing the entire standard evaluation used by your shelter or rescue. If your organization does not have an evaluation, please contact a local professional who can complete an evaluation for you.
- Dog in a kennel or crate with strangers approaching one at a time – adult female, adult male, and child.
- On-leash greeting of a dog of the opposite sex first, then a dog of the same sex.
- Resource guarding test – dry food, wet food, and rawhide.
- Resource guarding and arousal recovery test – ball, tug and
- Dog in a city-type environment with pedestrians, vehicles, noise, etc.
- Dog’s reaction to loud noises such as the doorbell and smoke alarm.
- Dog showing a desire to work for food.
Please upload all videos to a file sharing site and submit a link to us via email. Include all relevant
Dogs who are reactive in any way, regardless of the reason or circumstances, are not eligible.
All dogs accepted into our program will have a lifetime commitment from Animal Farm Foundation. Any dogs who do not succeed as service dogs will be moved to our adoptions program to be placed as a companion pet. Dogs who, after being trained, matched and placed, are returned to Animal Farm Foundation will be reevaluated and either placed with a different client or moved to our adoption program.
*What shelters and rescues consider a “pit bull” dog varies significantly from place to place. If the shelter or rescue staff labeled the dog a “pit bull” at intake, the dog is eligible for consideration.