Becky Canale: Hi! I am Becky Canale, National Client Services Coordinator with Paws With A Cause. Today, I am discussing how to set your priorities when looking for an Assistance Dog Agency.
There are hundreds of options when it comes to choosing an agency for your assistance dog. You should conduct extensive research on any agency you're considering working with.
Are you required to travel to the agency? Most assistance dog agencies require you to travel to them at your expense. You will need to evaluate how this fits in your lifestyle.
Are there trainers in your area to work with you when you get home? Once you bring your assistance dog home, you will want a strong network of support to help you learn how to use your dog, and to address any issues that may come up.
Do you have to pay for your dog? Does the agency provide any funding for your dog or do they provide fund raising assistance for you? Ask the agency what realistic cost expectations there are?
In addition to those questions, you will want to get a good idea of the organization itself. How long has it been in business? Can they give you client handle and referrals? These are all important questions that you have a right to ask. So don't be afraid to bring them up.
With these tips in mind, you'll be sure to select an assistance dog agency to meet your needs. We wish you the best in your search for an assistance dog agency.