Applying for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA canine) can be time-consuming, but we are here to help you through the process. Fill out our initial needs assessment form below. There is no fee to apply for or to receive our services. Please note, sending in the full application does not mean the applicant is automatically approved; it MUST go before WhiteHaven Canine's review team to be approved.
Following the application review process, the applicant will be notified within thirty days that their application was either accepted or denied. Once the application is tentatively approved, the time-frame, from start until actual receipt of a service dog can be anywhere from three to five months.
Service Dog Fees
The cost to train an ESA can be up to $2,500. This includes home visit as well as public access testing and team training, follow-up consultation, team evaluations, follow-up training, ongoing educational opportunities and annual reviews for the life of the dog. While we provide our dogs free of charge, we encourage fundraising to help WhiteHaven Canine cover costs and continue the program for future service members. WhiteHaven Canine is available to assist in fundraising efforts should you choose to do so but this is not a requirement.
WhiteHaven Canine works to match the “right dog” with the “right person” so they can be a team for life. The matching process begins when the candidate is notified of the application approval. Once a dog is adopted or donated that is suitable for the veteran, the dog will then be trained to meet the needs of its new partner.
Eligible applicants will be considered regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, sexual orientation and ethnic origin.