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It is the mission of Animal Farm Foundation to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs. In an effort to meet that mission, Animal Farm Foundation has established a Service Dog Training program so rescued and sheltered “pit bull” dogs can be considered for the same work traditionally reserved for pure bred, purpose bred dogs.
Animal Farm Foundation is accepting submissions for our Assistance Dog Training Program. Dogs accepted into our program will be transported to Animal Farm Foundation at our own expense. Ownership of the dog must be transferred to Animal Farm Foundation for training to occur. The dog will be trained by a Certified Assistance Dog Trainer and will be matched with a client who meets the requirements established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for service dog eligibility. All dogs and clients will receive training support for the duration of the match.* There is no cost to the client for the dog or for the support training.
Read more about the assistance dogs we've placed here.
*All dogs accepted into our program will have a lifetime commitment from Animal Farm Foundation. Any dogs who do not succeed as service dogs will be moved to our adoptions program to be placed as a companion pet. Any dogs who, after being trained, matched and placed, are returned to Animal Farm Foundation will be reevaluated and either placed with a different client or moved to our adoption program.
** What shelters and rescues consider a “pit bull” dog varies significantly from place to place. If the shelter or rescue staff labeled the dog a “pit bull” at intake, the dog is eligible for consideration.
If not included in the standard evaluation, please include:
Submissions are accepted electronically or by mail.
If submitted electronically, the video should be saved to a video sharing account. The link and password to the account should be included in an email with the other required information attached. The attachments must be scanned copies of the original paperwork. No copied and pasted information will be accepted. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Service Dog Program”.
If submitted by mail, please save the video on a jump drive or disc and mail all the required information in one envelope to:
In both electronic and mail submissions, please include the name, direct phone number and email address of the contact person. Training and placing certified assistance dogs can be a long process, governed by federal laws and requirements and respect for client privacy. Animal Farm Foundation will be pleased to work with transferring organizations to develop any PR content that frames this exciting program in a positive light while respecting the partnership between the dog and the client.
Interested in applying for one of our assistance dogs? Please fill out this pre-application.