K4PSD deeply understands the unique and profound bond between pet dogs and their families, recognizing the extensive therapeutic benefits pets provide. This bond has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve psychological well-being, and encourage both physical activity and social interaction.
Initially, all dogs in the K4PSD program start in one of the primary training programs. As they progress, the staff evaluates their aptitude and potential. Some dogs, identified through this process, are found to be more suited for a role as a Companion Dog rather than in a specialized service capacity. These dogs, known for their gentle nature and basic obedience training, are placed with children, adults, and seniors who have various disabilities. While these Companion Dogs do not possess public access rights or specialized skill training, their presence offers invaluable emotional support and companionship.
To date, K4PSD's rigorous selection process has yet to designate any dogs as Companion Dogs. However, the establishment of the Companion Dog Program represents a significant step in fully utilizing the potential of all dogs within K4PSD. This program aims to extend the reach of K4PSD's efforts, ensuring more families and individuals in need benefit from the healing presence of a well-trained canine companion. This initiative underscores K4PSD's commitment to enhancing lives through the power of dogs, recognizing that sometimes, the simple presence of a devoted pet can make a world of difference.
K4PSD’s Companion Dogs are expected to be valued at as much as $10,000.
K4PSD receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations from the general public, corporate sponsors, fundraising events, and community supporters.
Our clients are expected to assist in our fundraising efforts. Their targets for companion dogs are at least $10,000, however the amount raised is not tied to when they will receive their companion dog. Many of them participate by asking for donations from friends and family, by organizing their own fundraisers and also by helping promote many K4PSD organized community fundraisers. Individuals or families who do not show significant effort may risk losing their acceptance status.
To date, K4PSD has not identified any dogs suitable for the Companion Dog Program. It is inherently difficult to predict the timing availability of a Companion dog.
The timing of a Companion Dog placement with be determined by chronological position on the waiting list and the availability of the right dog for the client’s needs and situation, and will in no way tied to fundraising efforts.
Each applicant is screened to ensure they meet our application criteria and MUST live in Southeastern Ontario.
If the applicant meets the above criteria, please complete our online application form and submit it, along with the completed reference questionnaires that are required. A staff member contact you as quickly as possible.
If the application is successful and when a potential Companion Dog is identified, an in-home interview will be conducted to meet the applicant, learn more about their lifestyle, and discuss further questions and concerns. Final acceptance will determined following the in-home interview; applicants may be disqualified at any time during the application process.
(Click the “Online Application” link below to access the application. Please read the instructions before you start. Please do not try to print the form or send it by regular mail. Only forms received online will be considered. For assistance regarding applications please write us at email@example.com)
Kingston 4 Paws Service Dogs
829 Norwest Road, Suite 202,
Kingston, Ontario K7P 2N3
Registered Charitable Organization # 82942 4993 RR0001