Applications Are Now Being Accepted For Our Emotional Support Dog Program

To apply for our emotional support dog program, click the Download Application button, fill it out, and send it to us via email at or upload it using the contact form on any page of our website. You can take photos of the pages if you do not have a scanner.

Applicant Criteria

  • Must be a resident of the United States of America
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Applicant must be available and willing to communicate with PK9 staff throughout the application and placement process.
  • Must have a fenced in yard. Apartment dwellers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • Show the ability and willingness to interact with the dog and provide for dog’s emotional, physical, and financial needs
  • Possess the maturity and cognitive functioning to learn the skills required in team training
  • Applicant must demonstrate proficiency in handling a service dog at home and in a variety of public environments, while managing the dog’s safety, behavior and working skills.
  • PK9 may as the applicant to provide proof of financial resources sufficient for the care of a service dog, including, but not limited to, veterinary care.
  • Applicant must be willing to undergo a background check and drug test.
  • Applicant must be able to attend a 2-week team training at Limitless K9 in Hilliard, FL (scheduled from approximately 10 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday, for two consecutive weeks). All accommodations must be paid for currently by the selected candidate. If available, Pax’s K9 Cure will provide as much help to offset the costs of this stay as our funding will allow.
  • Applicant’s medical situation should enable the candidate to work with the dog for the entirety of dog’s working life (approx. 10 years)
  • Must be open to check-ups and re-training once a year for the first three years.

Estimate of Expenses

Application Fee:

$100 (non-refundable), payable when submitting a completed application.

Fenced Yard Expense:

A fenced yard is a requirement for receiving a dog from PK9. More information will be provided during the interview process. This expense is the responsibility of the client and would depend on various factors such as materials, labor, and size. Electric fences are not acceptable. People in apartments are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer Camp – accommodations & meals:

costs depend on which hotel you stay in while in Hilliard during the two-week transfer camp; you’re also responsible for covering the costs of all meals during your stay.

After Graduation

On average, it costs $2,200 per year to care for a Service Dog, including:

  • Dog food: approximately $60/month or $720/year; we will recommend suitable, premium dog food using human grade ingredients that provide optimal nutrition for a working dog.
  • Monthly heartworm, tick, and flea preventatives: $400/year
  • Regular veterinary care: Your vet may offer a discount for a Service Dog. We estimate the cost of vet care to be approximately $200/year for well dog maintenance. This will include a well dog check-up, annual heartworm check, immunizations as needed, and other routine care.
  • Replacement equipment: including, but not limited to vests, leashes, collars, and bowls. SDV can provide these items to you at cost. Budget: $100/year.
  • Required Pet Health Insurance –approximately $60/month or $780/year is highly suggested for any candidate that received a dog.


  • All applicants will be considered regardless of race, gender, religion, creed, sexual orientation, and ethnic origin.
  • Wait time for training and placement will vary depending on specific needs of applicant and dog availability.
  • PK9 reserves the right to stop the application process, training, and placement process at any time for any reasons they deem necessary.


Can I have another animal in my home?

Preference is a home environment in which the service dog is the only dog, but exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The service dog must be able to do its work and peacefully coexist with any other animals in the home.

How long will I have to wait for a service dog?

It is our goal to make the best possible match. We are only training a handful of dogs at a time for chosen applicants. For that reason, the PK9 Team reviews each recipient application, and your wait time will depend on us having a dog that can best suit your specific needs. Currently, the wait time depends on the amount of training and the type of dog that fits your needs. Wait times can be from six-months to two-years depending on the circumstances.

Who does Pax’s K9 Cure help and what is their mission?

We are a not-for-profit organization established to provide highly trained emotional support and service dogs to people suffering from any physical or emotional trauma. Our emotional support dogs provide company, comfort, and a calming presence. Our service dogs provide help with a specific task you can no longer do by yourself.

Who can apply for a service dog?

Anyone that meets the predefined criteria can apply for a service dog. Please read the application requirements and view all information about adoptions carefully to ensure you are eligible.

Do you accept active duty and/or military veterans?

Yes, as long as they meet all the application criteria.

How do I apply for a service dog?

Simply go to and follow the instructions.

How can I make a monetary donation?

Simply go to and submit your monetary donation of any amount.

How can I make a goods donation?

Though we welcome goods donations of all kinds we are in most need of funding for dog training and for helping pay the expenses for those that have been selected for a dog. The selected recipient must travel and have lodging while receiving training for acclimating to their new dog. The most desirable non-monetary donations include hotel gift cards, airline gift cards, gas cards, and restaurant gift cards to ease the expense burden of travel.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, we are a 501c3 non-profit and IRS designated charitable organization.

Support Our Four Legged Cause

A companion that provides unconditional love can be just the right therapy a person needs following a trauma. By donating to PAX’s K9 Cure, you will help support our Emotional Support and Service Dog Programs.

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