- Proof of 50% or higher PTSD or TBI incurred from service
(DD 214 for Veterans)
- Must have served for a minimum of 3 years
- Must pass criminal background check / housing check (contact with landlord or proof of home ownership) / submit references
- Must be willing to commit to continue the training and work with the dog daily. (Skills are perishable if unused, wasting dog's potential by not practicing him/her can result in loss of certification.)
- Be financially responsible to provide a forever home for their animal
- Under penalty of law : May NOT breed, sell, or receive money in exchange for the animal
Please realize that if you are wishing for a dog but you feel like someone deserves him or her more, you are exactly the candidate we are looking for. We know that many veterans say, "someone has it worse", that could be true, but don't underestimate your own sacrifice. We want good humans to receive our dogs, not just good stories.
If you are interested in applying for a service dog, fill out the form.
All applicants subject to background checks and 1-3 interviews (phone &/or in person).
- A professionally trained dog from Tennessee Blue Line Shepherds or Fortified K-9 (breeds can vary)
Amenities the dog needs:
- Prong collar
- Service Dog vest and patch
- Rabies vaccine and tag
- All vaccination records
- Any important medical records obtained while the animal has been under Fortified K9 or TBLS’s care (if not bred at the facility)
- 3 day training period with professional handler
- Certificate of “Good Behavior” that allows animals in public housing/transportation
- NC service dog documentation/ID
(No guarantee of age, gender, breed, or original facility. All recipients will have the opportunity to experience multiple dogs and choose through guidance from handlers)
The 3 day mandatory training period is paid for, but travel, lodging etc. is the recipients responsibility