Ask For a Dog
Wounded Warrior applications for PTSD and Mobility.
Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. is not currently accepting applications
for autism recipients at this time due to the overwhelming demand for autism Service
Dogs that exceeds the number of dogs we can supply. Please see the following links
that may assist you in pursuing an autism Service Dog at this time.
Fee For a Dog
Due to the high demand and cost of training and placing our custom-trained Service
Dogs (that meet and exceed Assistance Dogs International standards), while operating
as a small non-profit organization, TLCAD will be charging $20,000 per Service Dog.
We understand that our applicants may not have this amount of money to purchase
a dog, and when it is determined that we have a Service Dog to meet your needs,
we will work with you to obtain grants and scholarships to offset the cost of the
Service Dog. Please note that we have no dogs ready for immediate placement
at this time.
The high cost of our Service Dogs is reflective of the level of care, training and
quality customized placement process that takes place with individuals with autism
and Wounded Warriors. Our dogs are trained using positive reinforcement to a high
standard ensuring they are prepared for their roles as Service Dogs in the lives
of our clients. Our customized placement process with clients takes four to six
months, which includes education, training and customization of cues. We work with
our clients diligently across a variety of environments to ensure that they maximize
the use of their Service Dog to the best of their ability to gain independence and
a better quality of life. Our cost also covers the lifetime follow up and availability
of TLCAD trainers and staff for the working life of the dog. The available continuity
of training resources ensures that highest level of benefit is maintained as our
clients' needs may develop and change over the years. All of these factors help
to create quality customized placements that successfully transform the lives of
our clients and their families.