Application Process

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.

Application Process

Every client has a unique situation and brings a different set of strengths, skills, challenges, and opportunities to a potential partnership. We ask our applicants to commit to 120 hours of training time and the logistics related to partnering with a service dog. Believet™’s pledge is to ensure access to every resource needed for success in our program.

Eligibility

Please complete our Eligibility Survey.

Once eligibility is verified, we will send you an application. The following documentation is required:

  • Form DD-214 (long version)
  • Copy of your current homeowner’s or renter’s insurance binder and relevant section of policy concerning liability for dog bites or injuries
  • For renters, a copy of your lease or rental agreement and a letter of acknowledgement, signed by both you and your landlord, that indicates you have discussed getting a service dog with your landlord

After an application is submitted, it may take up to 2 weeks for processing.

To Apply:
  • Complete and submit the application and all necessary documents.
  • Meet with a therapist to discuss participation in our program. You may meet with your current therapist or with a Believet™ mental health professional partner. There is no cost to meet with Believet™’s partnering therapists. You can learn more about our partnering therapists here.
  • Believet™ will contact you regarding our decision.
Training

Once accepted into our program, we will set up a mutually convenient date for an initial training. You must complete a minimum of 120 hours of handler/team training at our Northfield, MN location. Most veterans complete the 120 hours in 3-4 months time. However, the schedule is flexible and we want to make the experience as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.

Please be aware that in some cases it may take anywhere from 9–12 months before a service dog is placed with the veteran. During this time period, you are welcomed and encouraged to visit the training center, train with the service dogs, and volunteer with our organization.

It’s important to emphasize that one of our main goals at Believet™ is to ensure long-term placements that are in the best interest of both the veteran and the service dog. Each veteran has a unique set of capabilities and limitations. The same is true of each service dog.

Conditions and Stipulations

Believet™ service dogs always remain under Believet™ ownership. Believet™ continues to remain a part of the veteran/service dog support network for the life of the service dog.

Believet™ service dogs are not allowed to remain in unsafe or ineffective environments. Upon request, service dogs must be immediately surrendered to the Believet™ training team for removal from an unsatisfactory partnership.