Please read the eligibility criteria, exclusions and application process below before submitting a Register of Interest.
We also recommend you check out the FAQ's for more answers to common questions.
You can also download and read "Is an Assistance Dog right for me?"
The applicant must be currently serving, or has previously served, in one of the British Armed Forces.
The applicant must be aged 18 or over.
The applicant must have a mental health diagnosis.
The applicant must have a current or previous active therapy or treatment plan.
The applicant must be fully committed, including attendance of residential training and ongoing regular training.
The application must be completed by the Veteran.
Innappropriate in-place living arrangements (see FAQ's), or without the ability and support networks to properly care for the dog.
Any children in the applicant's home under the age of 5 years old.
Any other person in the home with a mental health condition or learning difficulties.
Any history of domestic violence or history of animal abuse, this includes all members of the household.
Having been admitted to hospital for suicide attempt/s or self-harm behaviour in the last 12 months.
Misuse of drugs or alcohol in the last 12 months (as far as the assessing health provider is aware).
Any conviction resulting in being listed on the sex offenders register.
Any existing dog/dogs in the household who are not part of the programme.
Submit a Register of Interest, which is then reviewed to determine if the basic applicant criteria is met.
Attend a PALS Meet & Greet* Day to learn more about the programme.
Complete a Full Application, and return with relevant supporting documentation.
A home visit will be scheduled to assess the suitability of the prospective home environment for a dog.
Candidates for placements or training are then determined by review.
(*Attendance of PALS Meet & Greet is a pre-requisite to a full application being accepted).
(You will automatically receive confirmation we have received your submission and a copy of the ROI).
We will then write to you within 28 days of the outcome of your ROI.
If eligible we will then write and invite you to the next available Meet & Greet day where you will meet some of our Team and be given a more in depth overview of the PALS programme. It is at this point you are then given a full application to take away and complete.
We look forward to hearing from you and we can be contacted directly if you have any further questions.