Pawsitive Community Program


What is this program designed to do?

GAIN3 2015This program is designed to encourage volunteerism in our community, and to reward those who give of themselves so that others may benefit.  It is tailor made for those individuals in need of assistance who lack a background of community service in any of our key qualifying populations.

What can this program offer to me?

Individuals who are in need of a service dog, but are unable to afford this expense will be provided with the opportunity to donate 250 hours of community service to earn their service dog training.

Are there any non-training associated costs?

Yes.  There is a cost of $250 for you to complete the online didactic training.  The cost of the actual classroom training, including canine first aid and CPR training, will be waived for participants of this program.  The FSDS trains purebred golden retrievers and the typical cost to obtain such a puppy from a reputable breeder averages between $1,500-$2,000.  Thus, participants of this program are able to obtain a suitable dog at a greatly discounted cost.

How does this work?GAIN5 2015

This program is simple, fun and rewarding.  Just follow some simple steps:

  • File an application to receive a service dog from the FSDS and indicate that you would like to participate in the Pawsitive Community Program.
  • Once accepted, you can begin your volunteer hours with one of our Preferred Programs, or with us at an FSDS sponsored event.  Hours for programs not listed require prior approval.
  • You can recruit the assistance of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to help complete your hours.
  • Complete a time sheet for each volunteer experience, and submit it to the FSDS to have the hours credited to your account.

What if my disabilities prohibit me from completing all 250 hours?

If you are unable to complete all hours, you may request assistance from friends or family members.  In exceptional circumstances will will award partial hours to you from our Hours Bank, providing that proof of inability to complete hours is provided.  We do not award full hours as this is a “pay it forward” program and promoting community service is one of our core philosophies.

What is the Hours Bank?

The Hours Bank is a way for individuals who wish to become involved, but are not in need of a service dog, can help.  Just download the time sheet, and when you are out volunteering with one of our Preferred Programs you can turn the log in to us to get those hours credited to our Hours Bank.  These hours will be used to provide assistance to those in need.  This means that you will get to help out two programs at once…the Preferred Program you are volunteering with, and the FSDS. 

Where can I locate the application packet so I can apply?

You can locate the application packet on our Apply For a Dog page.  Note that application is currently under revision.

Remember that you are NOT required to fill out the financial affidavit if you are applying through this program.

How can I locate your Preferred Programs?

You can contact any of our Preferred Programs directly to inquire about volunteer service hours.

Check back frequently as new programs are added.

What if I want to volunteer for a program that is not listed?

No problem!  Just email us with the name of the program, and a link to their website, and request approval.  Please note that we give preference to programs whose missions are consistent with ours.  The program selected must be either a 501(c)(3), a public school or church, or a public service organization.  Opportunities for volunteer work with the FSDS may be available.

How can I obtain a Time Sheet to log my hours?

You may download a copy of our Pawsitive_Community_Program_Time_Sheet . Note that you must fill out a separate time sheet for each day worked. The sheet has multiple lines, so that a group volunteering together can log all hours for that day on the same sheet.