We are currently pausing application processing until further notice. Patriot Assistance Dogs is making changes to the program to better serve veterans and rescue dogs in the future. If you send an application, we will process it in the order that it was received. We apologize for the inconvenience and we hope to serve you in the near future.
Veteran Qualifications & Application
The requirements for participation in PAD are:
- Be a U.S. Military Veteran discharged under honorable conditions. We may consider other conditions with an explanation.
- Be a resident of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or Wisconsin.
- Be undergoing treatment for mental health impairments. (PTSD, Anxiety, Depression etc.) The impairment does not have to be service connected.
- Have a licensed mental health care provider complete a form (that we provide), as well as complete and sign a medical release information form. This person can be a civilian or a VA provider.
- Be physically and financially capable of providing a safe and secure home for a service dog.
- Provide two letters of reference from people you know that can verify your ability to care for and provide a safe home for a service dog.
- Upon receipt of a PAD dog you will be required to have a sponsor who will be able to care for your service dog in emergency situations.
- One of these references should be the individual who agrees to act as your sponsor. The sponsor functions similar to an AA sponsor, not a financial sponsor.
- Provide a letter from the licensed veterinarian of your choice, acknowledging that you will be using them for the medical care of your service dog. You will be required to sign a release of information so we can maintain contact with your veterinary clinic concerning the health of your service animal.
- The Veteran must be able to attend a five-day class in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.
- The Veteran must be able to return to Detroit Lakes to attend training pertinent to your Public Access test if necessary.
- The Veteran must be able to return to Detroit Lakes, MN to take the Public Access test with their dog, a test taken anywhere between six weeks and six months from date of class.
If you meet the above qualifications, and would like to proceed with your application, please download the file from the link below. You will be downloading a .pdf file that you will print, complete and then mail back to Patriot Assistance Dogs. There is further information about the process within the packet.