FAQ

Mission Statement

Freedom for Veterans, Dogs with a Mission.

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Your generous donation helps fundamentally transform the lives of our veterans, their families, and our communities. In 2017, 88% of all donations went to support our programs for veterans and service dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Our Organization

Is Believet™ a nonprofit?
Yes, Believet™ is a nonprofit organization and a registered public charity, exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Where is Believet™ located?
Believet™ is located on 12 acres just outside Northfield, MN. We operate a training center with a custom kennel facility for 25 dogs. We provide a training room, office facility, and an indoor, heated and air conditioned kennel.

About Our Program

What kind of service dogs does Believet™ train and provide?
Believet™ provides custom-trained psychiatric and mobility dogs trained to assist disabled veterans with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and related conditions.

Am I eligible for a service dog?

The simplest way to find out if you are eligible for a service dog is to take our eligibility survey:

Eligibility Survey

What is the application process?
First, a veteran completes an eligibility survey. Upon meeting eligibility requirements, a veteran receives an application form to complete. Once the application has been submitted, it can take up to 2 weeks to be fully processed. Believet™ will review the application, perform a background check, and conduct a phone or in-person interview. Once accepted into the program, Believet™ will schedule a date for the initial training.

What happens if I am accepted into the program?
Should you be accepted to attend our training program, you must be able to complete a minimum of 120 hours of handler/team training at our Northfield, MN location. Most clients complete this training in 3-4 months. The schedule is flexible according to the clients’ needs. If you reside further than commuting distance for this period of training, please contact Believet™ regarding housing options.

How much does the program cost?
There is no cost to veterans to attend training or to receive a service dog. Incidental expenses such as travel to and from Northfield, MN incurred by the veteran are his or her responsibility. Believet™’s cost to train and place a service dog (approximately $28,000) is covered by our generous donors.

Is there a waiting period for a dog?
Yes, the waiting period to be matched with a dog is 9-12 months. Applicants are welcome and encouraged to visit the training center, assist with the training of our dogs, and learn about the Believet™ program during the waiting period.

What breeds are used in the program?
We do not use specific breeds. We use dogs with appropriate dispositions, health clearances, task talents, and other factors. Believet™ selects dogs according to behavior and environmental acclimation.

Where do the dogs come from?
Believet™’s dogs come from shelters, rescues, and generous individuals.

If I already have a dog, will you train him/her?
No.

Will I get to pick my dog?
No, all service dogs are selected and trained to meet the specific needs of your disability, home, and work life.

Will I be able to take my service dog into a VA hospital or facility?
Yes.

Donations

Can I mail in my donation?
Yes, we gratefully accept donations via regular mail. Please mail your donations to:

Believet™ Canine Service Partners
3885 100th Street East
Northfield, MN 55057

If I make a donation, how will my money be used?
In 2017, 88% of all donations were used in direct support of our program for veterans and service dogs.

Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes.

Will I receive verification of my donations for tax purposes?
Yes.