When a dog from our program is partnered with a Disabled Veteran, the team is trained to work together and is then certified. We continue to work with and provide support for the team for the lifetime of the dog.
While a service dog is trained to perform specific tasks to assist their disabled partner, service dogs can also provide companionship,security and emotional stability during often difficult periods of recovery from physical and emotional wounds.
Perhaps one of the most important results of the Service Dog Training Program is that the Veteran / dog team become Lifelong Companions. Often people refer to their service dogs as their Best Friends, Playmates and Loyal Companions.
It is our goal to rescue appropriate dogs that can be trained to be service dogs for qualified disabled US Military Veterans of Texas, to train the dogs with the accepted Veterans, and then present the dog at no charge to the Veteran.
Regrettably, we have received an over-abundance of applications for a very limited number of trained dogs. As the number of applicants has grown, the wait times incurred have increased exponentially, resulting in a wait list that is approaching several years long. In response, the application committee has decided to suspend the acceptance of further applicants until we can better meet the current demand.
We would like to encourage you to reach out to other programs across the state, and across the country, as other organizations may be able to assist our Veterans in a more timely fashion. Please check back with us, as we have several programs in development that will increase our ability to assist our Veterans in the near future.
If you wish to apply for a service dog, please be advised that the wait time is approaching three years. We will add you to our list, and contact you when a space has opened on the waiting list.
To be considered, please fill out the form below. Once we receive your submission we will be contact with you. Please know that we will ask for a copy of your Veteran's Administration Disability Letter, or a copy of your Medical Board Proceedings if you have not received a VA disability rating at the time of your application.
Once received the pre-application must be completed fully and returned along with a certified copy of your DD-214 to:
VADogs of Texas
601 Loop 100 N.
Kerrville, TX 78028
You will then be contacted by our office once all your documents have been reviewed.