Frequently Asked Questions
Do you provide PTSD dogs?
We have provided the Americans with Disabilities Act so you know our frame of reference before answering this question:
How “Service Animal” Is Defined
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
If an individual produces documentation from a medical expert stating that a service dog would calm them, (a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack,) YES, we will gladly train a dog to provide this support.
Do you have a facility?
No. We are raising the funds to purchase one. Once we have a facility we will be able to quickly reduce our 75 plus waiting list.
How do you get your dogs?
At this time, after an intensive evaluation we get our dogs from local animal shelters.
Will you train a dog to be a service dog that already allows belongs to an individual?
- We no longer offer this service.
Are your service dogs, “FREE”?
We provide the dog, all training, as well as lifelong support, at no cost to the individual. However, the services we provide are not free. Any veteran who receives our services already paid for them many times over due to the sacrifices they made and continue to make for our Country. Any individual who chooses to receive our service will go through intensive training during which time they will be expected to invest themselves learning how to be a service dog handler with the same intensity that we will invest ourselves in them. Freedom Fido’s will expect full compliance and excellence in the way they represent the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act, Freedom Fido’s, and service dogs at large, as they exemplify a high degree of ethics, professionalism, and tolerance.
What percentage of your donations goes to the veterans or children?
100% goes to the dogs, which then go to the veterans at no charge.
How long does it take you to train a service dog?
Does anyone associated with Freedom Fido’s receive a salary?
No. Any individual who is associated with Freedom Fido’s, to include the Founder, our Board Members, trainers, and the volunteers, already had a salary before they were carefully selected. They work tirelessly for Freedom Fido’s simply because they care about humanity. They choose to play a significant role which helps us deliver the services we provide. Their contributions dramatically increase the quality of life for the people we serve. They all have a proven track record of success in their personal, public, and business lives.
How much does it cost you to train a service dog?
$3800 to $4200
How many Service dog Handlers do you have?
In our first year we produced twenty Service dogs that are now with their respective handlers. We are currently working with fifteen more dogs and their handlers. We have a waiting list of 75 plus individuals.