Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
No. It’s illegal to falsely misrepresent that your pet or other animal is a service animal. Pets are not service animals and neither are emotional support animals.
For people with disabilities, specially trained service animals play a critical role in their lives. They make it possible for those with disabilities to work, travel, stay safe, and, in some cases, stay alive.
If you falsely claim that your pet is a service animal in order to, for example, bring it into a hotel with you or take it on the plane, you may be breaking the law. Moreover, you are poisoning attitudes towards true service animals, and leading bystanders and proprietors to believe truly legitimate users may be “faking it.” In addition, if you enter a facility where an actual service animal is working, your untrained animal may jeopardize the safety of the service animal and its handler.
Leave your pet at home, and allow true service animals to do their jobs.
Our EIN (often referred to as a Tax ID number) is 510593176.
PawPADs is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
We recommend that you consult with your tax adviser for additional information regarding your contributions.
The following is a listing of some of the expenses involved with obtaining an assistance dog from PawPADs:
We recognize that many people, though not all, living with disabilities often face financial restraints.
Despite this expense, the life-changing benefits these dogs can provide make them invaluable to many seeking increased independence.
Many friends, family members, employers, schools, churches or civic groups will often help you raise the amount to cover your contribution for your dog.
PawPADs has a limited number of scholarships allowing us to place Service Dogs with veterans with service related disabilities without cost to the veteran. Ask us about it!
We believe that when an applicant actively participates in the effort to raise the small fraction ($5,000) of the total value of their new partner ($20-25,000), they are really building a support system of friends, family, co-workers, donors, church and other civic organizations that can have your back as a healthy, successful, happy service dog team for many, many years!
Many friends, family members, employers, schools, churches or civic groups will often help to fund-raise these amounts to cover your contribution for your dog. Assistance dogs win not only the hearts of their partners, but also the community!
It takes hard work, commitment to take care of and maintain the health and training of a service dog and we all need a little help occasionally. But don’t be discouraged!
Our primary focus is on training service dogs for people with physical mobility disabilities.
Our dogs can also be trained as Diabetic Alert dogs (trained for detecting changes in blood sugar levels), Home Help-mate dogs (these have been trained in the same skills as Service Dogs, but are NOT granted public access qualifications due to not meeting our high standards of performance. The dogs assist their partners with every day, in-home tasks, such as opening doors, loading the clothes dryer, retrieving items off the floor), and Facility/Animal Assisted Therapy dogs on a case-by-case basis.
PawPADs does not place “PTSD dogs,” that is dogs trained to “clear” a room or apartment, check around corners, or similar tasks that some persons experiencing PTSD symptoms seek to alleviate the hyper-vigilance or lack of security some feel as a result of PTSD.
Absent an accompanying physical disability, it is not our focus and we do not train and place dogs specifically for these situations.
However, our wounded warriors veterans who have physical disabilities who are partnered with our dogs, often experience dramatic relief from many symptoms of PTSD due to the bonding and close work the partnership requires.
No. We do not train our dogs to work specifically with psychological or emotional challenges (bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks, depression, etc). Absent an accompanying physical disability, it is not our focus and we do not train and place dogs specifically for these situations.
We encourage you to visit GuideStar.org at http://www2.guidestar.org/search and search for Emotional Support Dogs (ESD),Autism Support Dogs, or Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSD), as you may be able to locate an organization in your area that can meet your needs.
After we receive your completed application, our staff will review it. If you meet the criteria and we feel that you may benefit from one of our service dogs, an in-home interview will be arranged so that we may meet with you in person to get a better sense of your needs, abilities and living situation. If accepted as a client, you will be placed on the waiting list for the next suitable dog.
If for any reason and at any time during the application process we determine we cannot provide an assistance dog to meet your needs or have concerns about the safety of yourself or a dog in a partnership, we will inform you immediately and the application process will be discontinued. These decisions will not be made lightly and as such will be final.
Because each dog is unique and trains differently than the next, it is difficult to predict with certainty the readiness of each dog for placement. Depending on several factors, our goal is to have the dogs ready for placement when the dogs are approximately a year and a half of age to two years of age.
Although we keep account of the order we receive applications, we place dogs based on the “best match” between dog and client so placements will not necessarily be done on a first come basis. Teams will be formed based on social/personality style matching to create the strongest bond possible and maximum opportunity for a long and successful partnership.
Following the dog training, there is a two week client placement training and specialized training as needed.
Our first goal for any of our dogs that aren’t suited as a service dog is to find a job they CAN do! There’s a job for every dog that trots out our doors, even if it is simply to be the best partner and family companion you’ve ever had.
Check out our “Release Dogs” page at this link to see the dogs we’ve released from the program and which are currently available for adoption. Maybe there’s a life-long companion waiting there for you!
Our goal is to train one rescue dog for every dog bred for our programs!
9877 234th Street East
Lakeville, MN 55044-8299
Sorry, visit by appointment only
Phone: +001 (612) 643-5671