NSSD is currently not accepting applications for service dog placement.  If you have a dog that you would like evaluated for our Owner Train Program, please refer to that page for details.

 

You must be a Veteran or a First Responder with PTSD and/or TBI and/or MST, and you must reside in the San Diego, CA area to enter our program.

In addition to completing the NSSD Application the following must be met:

* DD214 showing Honorable Discharge
* 80% service-connected disability rating or greater
* VA verification letter required
* Medical Professional reference form completed verifying disability (TBI, PTSD or Mobility)

Program Timeline:

After receipt of full application:

Step 1: Within 30 days, applicant will be contacted by email to schedule their in-person interview
Step 2: NSSD Orientation will begin within 3-4 weeks after interview
Step 3: Hands on Training will begin after completing orientation
Step 4: Public Access Test
Step 5: Certification Test
Step 6: Graduation

* If there is a waiting period, applicants will be followed up with on a monthly basis.

**Owner Train Teams will train for a minimum of six (6) months with NSSD prior to certification

Cost:

  • A non-refundable client application fee of $150 is required at the time of submitting an application. No fee for training and placement of service dog.
  • Service dog training is at no charge to Veterans or First Responders.
  • After the service dog is certified with the client, the client takes full responsibility for the well-being of the dog and all future dog-related expenses.
  • Transfer of ownership is one year after certification at the discretion of the Program Director.
  • Applicants are not required to raise funds to cover the cost of training and placement of a service dog.

If you have a dog that you would like evaluated for our Owner Train Program, please refer to that page for details.