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How much does it cost to raise and train a Service Dog Cost?

On average it costs Retrieving Freedom $30,000 to fully raise, train, and place a Service Dog. However, there is no cost to our clients to receive a Service Dog. 

How do I apply for a Service Dog?

Applications for both Veteran and autism programs can be found on our website. The application process includes several steps, the first being the paper application followed by a phone consultation and an in-person consultation at one of our two facilities. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions. 

Can you train my dog to become a Service Dog?

No, RFI only uses dogs that have been specifically bred and selected for service work.

How can I help raise/train puppies for Retrieving Freedom?

Become a volunteer foster! We are always looking for dedicated individuals to help us raise our next generation of Service Dogs! We have full-time, temporary and weekend fostering opportunities available. If you are interested in fostering one of our Service Dogs in training or learning more, please contact [email protected] (IA) or [email protected] (MO). 

How can I help?

We have many opportunities to get involved; from volunteering, shopping for items from our Amazon Wishlist, monetary donation, host a fundraiser, and more. For questions, or to learn more please reach out to [email protected]

How does Retrieving Freedom obtain their puppies?

We have a small in-house breeding program, and we also partner with reputable breeders nationwide to purchase puppies. 

How long is your waitlist for placement?

Our waitlist for placement is around 2 years. 

What are the qualities you look for in a Service Dog?

Service dogs must be people friendly, confident in public, and enjoy learning! We also have a few size requirements, depending on the type of work the dog will be performing. 

What happens if a dog is not a good fit for Service Dog work?

If a dog is not a good fit for Service Work, they become amazing family pets! Occasionally we have a small number of dogs that become available to the general public. If you are interested in adopting one of our career change dogs or learning more, please contact [email protected] (IA) or [email protected] (MO). 

What states do you serve?

As long as individuals are able to make it to one of our facilities for trainings, RFI serves clients from across the United States.

Where are Retrieving Freedom Service Dogs trained?

Dogs are trained at our training facilities in Waverly, IA and Sedalia, MO.