K4PSD recognizes the special bonds that develop between pet dogs and their families. The therapeutic value of pets is well documented and many people have experienced decreased stress and anxiety, increased psychological wellbeing, increased opportunities for exercise, and increased opportunities for social interaction.
These dogs will all begin their time with K4PSD in one of our other programs. As they proceed through a training process, staff with determine that they would be more suited for a career as a Companion Dog. These dogs are placed with children, adults and seniors with various disabilities. These dogs do not have the right to public access nor do they have any specific skills training aside from basic obedience.
To date, none of the dogs in any of our programs have been identified a potential Companion Dogs
The Companion Dog Program will allow us to utilize all of our dogs. Thereby, helping more families and individuals in need.
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. This our standard application for individuals with various disabilities. Leave the non-relevant sections blank unless they are required.)