Facility dogs are trained to go to work with professionals who work in treatment or healthcare facilities that provide care for active duty military or Veterans such as physicians, counselors, licensed therapists, and social workers. Facilitators are responsible for handling and caring for the facility dog. Additionally, facilitators are committed to long-term employment where they directly serve active duty military or Veterans a minimum of twenty hours per week. These dogs can provide a calming effect, allowing professionals to better serve their clients. These dogs do not have public access except when accompanying the professional and their clients in order to provide assistance to the clients.
In order to be eligible for a facility dog, applicants must:
- Work at a facility no more than a 1 hour drive from Portland, Oregon
- Be able to attend training in Portland, Oregon
- Be able to provide their own transportation and lodging during training
- Be employed working a minimum of 20 hours a week with active duty military or Veterans
- Have prior written approval from their employer for the use of a facility dog
- Be able to demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively control, manage and care for a dog
- Be willing to take sole responsibility for the care of their facility dog
- Be able to meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a dog
- Agree to adhere to the PAVE rules and regulations concerning the ongoing care and training of the dog
- Be able to provide financial support for the dog including quality prescribed food and equipment plus veterinary care
Based on the information you provide us about your lifestyle, activity level, home and work environment, and previous experience with dogs, we will select the dog best suited to you from the dogs that are available.
PAVE facility dogs and follow-up services are free of charge.
To request an application for a facility dog please email [email protected]