Estimate of Expenses
Application Fee: $25 (non-refundable)
Commitment to Contribute: Each candidate accepted to the waiting list has a minimum $8,000 goal that should be met during the waiting period, generally 1 - 2 years. Candidates can meet their commitment out-of-pocket or through a host of fundraising strategies. For further details, see the fundraising page.
After Graduation: On average, it costs $1,200 per year to care for a Service Dog, including:
- Dog food: approximately $50/month; we will recommend suitable, premium dog food using human grade ingredients that provide optimal nutrition for a working dog.
- Regular vet care: monthly heartworm, tick and flea preventatives and yearly immunizations. Your vet may offer a discount for a Service Dog. We estimate the cost of vet care to be approximately $500/year for well dog maintenance.
- Replacement equipment: including, but not limited to, packs, leashes, collars, and bowls. SDV can provide these items to you at cost. Budget: $25/year.
- Toys and treats: approximately $150/year.