*We ask for your patience as we process application requests and emails. You will get a response but it will be delayed due to the high volume of requests received on a daily basis. Thank you.
Our Area of Service
We provide service to most parts of the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, London and surrounding areas. Prior to completing the request you may want to confirm that you reside in our area by emailing Allison at
Prior to completing the request for an application please ensure that:
1) The applicant is 3-18 years of age.
2) The applicant has diagnosis of autism or related disorder.
3) You have direct access to a fenced yard space at your residence.
4) You agree to find a replacement home for any current pet dogs if requested to do so by ADS.
5) You have the time, energy and support to devote to caring for and assisting your child daily with their service dog.
6) You are financially able to provide adequate food, routine veterinary care and emergency veterinary care for the service dog.
7) You will attend the mandatory workshops with ADS once approved.
*Please note that ADS provides assessment and screening for all interested applicants. ADS is not able to disclose reasons or information to applicants who are not eligible for service.
Application & Screening Process
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1st Stage: Application Request Form.
2nd Stage: Application will be sent to you (after the on-line application request has been screened) with instructions on how to submit with due date. Return application package with non-refundable application processing fee of $50.
3rd Stage: Phone Interview for further screening.
4th Stage: Home Assessment/Interview with ADS staff and service dog. All family members and pets must be present.
5th Stage: Parents will be advised whether they are approved or not for a service dog. If approved, the family will be added to the waiting list and will begin preparing to be matched with a service dog.
6th Stage: Mandatory Service Dog Education Workshops. Workshops are typically held on Saturdays from 10 am – 12 pm.
It is our goal to partner with wait list families and provide them with our service. The value of each service dog is $25, 000. This is the cost of purchasing, raising, training, placing and providing training and instruction to each family for the working life of the service dog. Families are encouraged to partner with ADS by participating in fundraising to help support our program to the best of their ability. ADS is very grateful for any fundraising support from wait list families. Please note that fundraising is voluntary.
Final Stage: Placement & Family Training
Once a match has been determined by ADS staff, arrangements will be made for you to meet the service dog. This period of time is when parents/guardians learn how to work with their child’s new service dog and facilitate the relationship between the dog and child. The child and service dog are united during this part of the process. Please plan to schedule off a week from work to allow for traveling for training with ADS when the service dog is placed in your home. On-going instruction, training and support are provided to each family by ADS for the working life of the service dog.