WADEC Core Services
I Need an Assistance Dog
The process for requesting an assistance dog begins with:
- Filling out an application and mailing the application to: WADEC PO Box 683 Clinton WA, 98236
- After receiving and reviewing applications, WADEC's Lead Trainer will contact applicants to review their application and answer any questions.
- WADEC staff will set up a meeting at the applicant's home to assess their readiness for an assistance dog, such as ability to provide care and financial resources for support.
- After the home visit, provided the applicant meets the guidelines, WADEC staff will approve the application.
In evaluating whether an applicant may successfully participate in our program, we consider the following criteria:
Ability to Meet the Needs of the Dog The candidate must be able to reasonably meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the assistance dog. This includes offering a stable home environment, providing adequate exercise and grooming of the dog. Family members and/or aides are expected to assist where necessary.
Living Accommodations/Conditions The candidate must provide a safe, fenced enclosure adjacent to his or her home for toileting and exercise. Apartment dwellers will be required to make alternative arrangements in advance. Preference is for a home environment in which the service dog is the only dog living in the home, but exceptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The assistance dog must be able to peacefully co-exist with any other animals in the home.
Maturity and Cognitive Functioning The candidate must be at least 10 years of age possess the maturity and cognitive functioning to learn the skills required in the team training. S/he must also be capable of managing the dog once they are living together.
Goals Candidates should be seeking to increase their independence through the assistance of an assistance dog. Candidates will be asked how a dog will assist them and make a difference in their life.
Duration of Commitment WADEC estimates the working life of each dog to be approximately 10 years. The candidate’s medical situation should enable the candidate to work with the dog for several years. Situations that might prevent a candidate from fulfilling this commitment will be evaluated by WADEC on a case by case basis.
Ability to Attend Team Training Applicants who are accepted into our program will be required to attend a two week team training at our training facility in Clinton, Washington. Team Training is scheduled from approximately10-5, Monday - Friday, for two consecutive weeks. WADEC does not provide transportation, lodging, meals, or otherwise offer financial stipends to attendees during these training sessions, though application for sponsorship to help with costs is available.
Applicants will be considered without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, age, or ability.