Is re-certification required?

To meet ADI standards, annual re-certification is required to keep your certified service dog status, to keep your Next Step Service Dogs vest and identification cards, and to have access to the support services provided by Next Step Service Dogs. You must submit an Annual Report and your latest medical/veterinary/vaccination records, and be available

Are you a 501(c)3 organization? Are donations tax-deductable?

Yes, Next Step Service Dogs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. Our TAX EIN number is 45-5266435. Other credentials include: Accreditation by Assistance Dog International (ADI), Registered Guidestar Exchange Member, and nonprofit listed on the Fidelity Charitable Trust giving site.

What are the minimum requirements for an applicant?

Our specialty is helping clients with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma; we additionally train to help with mobility assist and seizures whenever possible.

As a potential candidate, you should:

  • Be a veteran or first responder.
  • It is recommended that the team remain in the Next Step training area for at least one