We’re Here to Serve

Our team offers a free, personalized matching service to connect each Veteran with an animal who will complement the Veteran’s lifestyle and help them achieve their goals.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Veteran must provide evidence of service through an acceptable form of military identification. The following documents are accepted:
    • Military I.D. card.
    • VA health identification card.
    • Discharge paperwork with matching photo identification.
    • Department of Defense Form 214 with matching photo identification.
  • Veteran must live in a stable, personal residence.
  • Veteran must demonstrate willingness and ability to provide proper care and a safe home environment for a dog for their natural lifespan.
  • For our psychiatric service dog program, Veterans can be referred by a VA, private mental health provider, or a self-referral.
    • If applying for program without VA or private mental health provider referral, must be able to explain how a psychiatric service dog will benefit you.
  • For our psychiatric service dog program, Veterans must be able to travel to our Walnut Creek campus once a week for in-person training classes required for graduation.
    • The Veteran is responsible for training their dog through our guided program — the equivalent to approximately nine months to one year of weekly sessions.