We all aspire to live active and productive lives.  

The America’s VetDogs assistance dog programs were created to provide veterans and active duty service members with disabilities, the opportunity to live once again with pride and self-reliance.  

Who is eligible to apply to America's VetDogs? 

Men and women who are active military, veterans who have been honorably discharged, and first responders who are visually or hearing impaired or physically disabled.  Also eligible are professionals working with Military organizations that provide physical or mental health care to clients who will benefit from interaction with an Assistance Dog.  Our PTSD service dog program is limited to veterans with combat-related PTSD and first-responders with work-related PTSD.

For guide dog users, we accept residents of the United States who are age 16 and older and classified as legally or totally blind.  We also require that each student have the ability to independently travel using their current mobility device.  Applicants must also be physically able to work with a guide dog and also be able to care for their dog.   If an applicant has successfully completed O & M training within the past several years, we will request an O & M instructor's report.  Some exceptions to residency are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

All services are provided at no cost to clients — this includes your dog, transportation to and from our campus in Smithtown, NY, instruction, and more.  

America’s VetDogs and its related organization, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, were the first two assistance dog schools in the United States accredited by both Assistance Dogs International and the International Guide Dog Federation.

If you have any questions about our programs, please reach out to the America's VetDogs Consumer Service office at 866-282-8047 or ConsumerServices@VetDogs.org.

Service Dog

A service dog is specially trained to help veterans who have disabilities other than visual impairment. A service dog can be trained to provide balance, retrieve dropped items, open and close doors, turn on and off lights, carry a backpack, and much more. Learn more about the Service Dog program, including admissions information.

PTSD Service Dog

A Post Traumatic Stress Disorder service dog is trained to help mitigate the symptoms of PTSD by providing the emotional and physical support a veteran may need.  A PTSD service dog can be trained to interrupt a night terror, retrieve an item, get help and much more.  Learn more about the PTSD Service Dog program, including admissions information.

Our PTSD service dog program is limited to veterans with combat-related PTSD and first-responders with work-related PTSD.

Seizure Response Dog

Seizure response dogs are trained to perform special tasks following a seizure to assist its handler. These tasks may include getting help, operating a call button or k9 phone, or retrieving medication.  Learn more about the Seizure Response Dog program, including admissions information.

Guide Dog 

A guide dog is trained to find and follow a clear path, maneuver around obstacles, and stop at curbs. A veteran with a guide dog gains enhanced mobility and independence.  Learn more about the Guide Dog program, including admissions information.

Facility Dog

These specially trained dogs, spend time working with wounded veterans recovering at military hospitals and veterans medical centers. Dogs work with physical and occupational therapists as they treat soldiers and become an essential part of the healing process.

Hearing Dog

A hearing dog is specially trained to assist veterans who have encountered hearing loss. Hearing dogs can alert their handler to sounds around their home and in public.  Learn more about the Guide Dog program, including admissions information.

If you are not a veteran, please reach out to the VetDogs Consumer Service office at 866-282-8047 to learn about your options.