Paws’itive Teams pre-Application form: After receipt of Paws’itive Teams Pre-Application Process form, our Applicant Coordinator will contact you for additional information.
Click here to start your Pawsitive Teams pre-application process.
The applicant will be required to pay a $50 non-refundable Application Fee. Once a potential match has been identified, the applicant will be expected to contribute towards a portion of the cost of preparing the service dog during the two years it is in the training program. The placement fee is $2,000. Paws’itive Teams will provide help and guidance if assistance is needed to complete this requirement. No person will be denied the opportunity to be considered as an applicant because of limited financial ability. Applicants and graduates are not required to participate in fundraising or public relations activities to support PT.
The Matching Process:
We wish we could provide a dog to each person who contacts us, but we are careful not to make promises we can’t keep as the match between dog and disabled handler is an important part of the formula for a successful team. We do not place dogs based on the date a person first contacts us. Because we are a small program and cannot guarantee a match for every applicant, we urge individuals to apply to more than one organization. We encourage you to check the website for Assistance Dogs International as they have links to all their members organizations.
Accreditation with Assistance Dogs International:
Paws’itive Teams is an accredited program with Assistance Dogs International and meets all minimum standards set by this organization. We were first accredited in 2006 then received re-accreditation in 2010.
Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a coalition of not for profit organizations that train and place Assistance Dogs. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of Assistance Dogs as well as staff and volunteer education. Members of ADI meet regularly to share ideas, attend seminars, and conduct business regarding such things as educating the public about Assistance Dogs, and the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with Assistance Dogs, setting standards and establishing guidelines and ethics for the training of these dogs, and improving the utilization and bonding of each team.