- Application FAQs
What kind of dogs does CaPR use?
CaPR primarily uses Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and crosses of the two breeds.
Who can get a CaPR service or skilled companion dog?
To be a service or skilled companion dog candidate, a person must be a Colorado resident with a mobility limiting condition. CaPR has placed dogs with people who have spinal cord injuries, CP, MS, MD, rheumatoid arthritis and other mobility limiting conditions.
Does CaPR train dogs for people with other disabilities?
CaPR only trains dogs to assist people with mobility limiting conditions. CaPR does NOT train hearing dogs, seizure alert or response dogs, guide dogs for people with visual disabilities, dogs for adults or children with Autism, companion dogs for people needing emotional support, dogs for people with psychiatric disabilities or dogs to respond to medical emergencies.
Who can get a CaPR facility dog?
To be a facility dog candidate, a person must be a Colorado resident and a professional who provides services to people with disabilities or special education needs.
How long is the application process?
The application process generally takes 3 to 4 months.
How long is the waitlist to get a dog?
CaPR does not use a first come, first served waitlist model. We strive to match candidates with the best dog for their unique situation and needs. Some candidates may receive a dog in as little as 6 months while others may wait as much as two to three years. The average wait is 1 to 2 years.
How much does it cost?
There is a $50 non-refundable application fee. Accepted service dog and facility dog candidates pay a placement fee before receiving a dog. The placement fee for a service dog is $3,500. The placement fee for a facility dog is $2,500. Although the candidate ultimately is responsible for payment of the placement fee, CaPR assists the candidate by providing information about funding sources and strategies.
How will I learn to work with my dog?
When a suitable canine partner is available, the candidate participates in Partnership Training designed to give the candidate the necessary skills and knowledge to handle and care for his/her dog. Partnership Training lasts 2 weeks and may be conducted on a one-on-one and/or group basis as determined by CaPR.
Where is Partnership Training held?
Group training sessions are held at our office and training center in Aurora, Colorado. One-on-one training sessions take place in the candidate's home, school and/or work environment.
How do I get started?
Complete and return the Pre-Application.