Placement Programs


Autism Service Dogs


Autism service dogs are matched with individuals with autism to assist with a variety of behaviors including safety, social, communication and adaptive skills.

Veteran Service Dogs


Veteran service dogs are custom trained to help wounded gain independence and reintegrate into their families and society.

Facility Dogs


Facility dogs are carefully paired with professionals that serve populations who benefit from animal assisted intervention or therapy.


Placement Process


Virtual Screening. As dogs become ready for placement, applicants whose needs match the strength and skill of the dog will be contacted with the option to participate in a Virtual Screening using video conferencing. Virtual Screenings allow TLCAD to learn more about the needs of the applicant, to include their home (or facility) environment, to best determine if they would be a suitable match for the service dogs available.

Meet & Greet. Once TLCAD has conducted virtual screenings, applicants who might be a suitable match are invited to a Meet and Greet with a service dog candidate. The location of the Meet and Greet will be determined by TLCAD staff. We may ask to meet in the applicant's home or facility or ask the applicant to drive to a training site.

Formal Application. Meet and Greets help TLCAD to determine the most suitable match for the dog available. The chosen recipient will be invited to formally apply.



Join our applicant pool by completing an online form. Prior to joining our applicant pool, please be sure to determine if a TLCAD dog is right for you.

  • TLCAD only places service dogs with veterans, individuals with autism, and as facility dogs

  • Recipients must attend Team Training, please visit our Team Training page to ensure you are able to attend if placed with a service dog.



Other Resources


Our demand for service dogs far outweighs our supply, we encourage applicants to pursue applying for service dogs from multiple organizations to increase their likelihood of obtaining a service dog. For more information, please visit our resources page HERE.