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The first step in applying for a service dog from Hira's Legacy is to fill out and submit the application below. Before applying, please review the following requirements:

•  Applicant must reside within the United States and be able to travel to the HLF campus in Los Angeles, California, for training.

• If applying for a PTSD service dog, the applicant must have an official PTSD diagnosis from a qualified and licensed mental health professional.

• Applicant must present a valid medical need for a service dog.

• Applicant must demonstrate proficiency in handling a service dog at home and in a variety of public environments, while managing the dog’s safety, behavior and working skills.

• Applicant will be required to supply proof of financial resources sufficient for the care of a service dog, including veterinary care.

• Once all supporting documentation has been received, the HLF team reviews the application and determines final eligibility. The HLF team bases their decision regarding service dog placement per the following criteria:


• Is a service dog necessary for the applicant to relieve or assist in the alleviation of the applicant’s disability?

• Can a service dog perform enough specific tasks so as to benefit the applicant?

• Can the applicant properly care for and handle a service dog?

Notification, Travel and Training Procedures:

• Following the review of the full application, the applicant will be notified by email as to whether their request for a service dog has been approved or denied or if HLF needs additional information before making their decision. Approval of the application does not guarantee the applicant will receive a service dog. HLF reserves the right to terminate the application and placement process at any time.


If approved for a service dog, HLF’s Executive Director will schedule the applicant for their Handler’s Course at our campus. 

• The service dog Handler’s Course is mandatory, and applicants must complete the Handler’s Course before leaving campus with their service dog. It is highly recommended to purchase travel insurance in conjunction with any airline or train tickets in the event the Handler’s Course needs to be extended or canceled.

• Arrival to campus and participation in the Handler’s Course does not guarantee an applicant will leave campus with a service dog. HLF reserves the right to stop placement at any time.

• All applicants traveling to our campus are responsible for making their travel arrangements, including ground transportation and attendant care (if necessary). 

• Before the applicant’s arrival on campus, HLF will conduct either an in-home visit or a video tour of the applicant’s home.

• Each applicant must be prepared to meet his/her own financial needs during the Handler’s Course, including outings and any equipment needs or modifications. Applicants with electric wheelchairs must plan on bringing or arranging for a manual wheelchair in the event of an electric wheelchair malfunction.

• Any individuals or family members accompanying the applicant in a supportive role are the responsibility of the applicant and are welcome to stay on campus with the applicant; their attendance during the Handler’s Course is at the discretion of the HLF training department.

HLF Team Advocate:

• HLF reserves the right to utilize the assistance of an HLF staff member or third party in the applicant’s local area who will look after the best interest of the dog and report back to HLF.

• The sponsor will arrive to check on the situation with the owner and his or her service dog. This is to guarantee there are no issues being unreported to HLF.

• The advocate will arrive at a scheduled time to meet with the human / canine team in their home location. The advocate’s visit will involve checking for a number of issues. That may include the following scenarios:

• The dog is not being cared for properly (including but not limited to veterinary care and vaccinations, inadequate food and drink, dangerous or neglectful living conditions, lack of hygiene.) 

• The dog is not being used as per the contract, including established safekeeping practices.

• The applicant is not following training protocols.

• The applicant is experiencing additional medical/mental issues that place the dog at risk.

• The applicant talks of surrendering or abandoning the dog.

Placement Interruption Procedure:

• HLF is involved with the human / canine team for the life of the dog. Therefore HLF reserves the right to deny an applicant or terminate a placement at any time before, during or after the Handler’s Course and graduation. Grounds for termination include, but are not limited to:

• The applicant fails to handle the service dog according to HLF requirements.

• Applicant handles his or her service dog in an abusive or negligent manner.

• The applicant becomes unable to care for the service dog.

• The applicant is not using the service dog as intended.

• Placement will jeopardize the dog’s health, safety, or well-being.

• HLF has grounds to believe the dog will not be able to meet the applicant’s needs.

• An HLF Team Advocate has reported any of the above issues, or otherwise believes intervention is required.

• If the owner of the service dog denies access by the HLF Team Advocate this would be grounds for the dismissal of the human / canine team. 

Post-Placement Procedure:

• After graduation, applicants will be expected to provide ongoing information regarding the dog’s work habits and public behavior. 

• Applicants will be expected to make themselves available for aftercare calls.

• Applicants will be expected to sign a release for their health provider(s), giving HLF access to contact them quarterly for the purpose of follow-up and to document any improvements in physical, emotional, and social interactions as a result of a service dog.


• All applicants will be considered regardless of race, gender, religion, creed, sexual orientation, and ethnic origin.

• Approved successor dog applicants have priority over first-time applicants.

• Wait time for training and placement will vary depending on specific needs of applicant and dog availability.

• HLF reserves the right to stop the application process, training and placement process at any time.

• HLF makes no guarantees about if, or when, a service dog will become available.