Now Accepting Preliminary Applications
Please read before submitting the preliminary application to SMSD.
NOTE: SMSD IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR GENERAL DISABILITIES. TO FIND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO ASSIST, PLEASE GO TO: www.assistancedogsinternational.org
It is our policy that Veterans who apply for a service dog and have emotional and/or psychological disabilities must also have a physical disability verified and rated by the VA. In most instances, the physical disability may include loss of limb or traumatic brain injury where canine mobility assistance is appropriate. It is also our policy that children with autism must be 8 years of age. The benefits of a service dog can be life changing, however, it is a responsibility that requires patience and a commitment of time and energy. Please read the FAQs on our website to have your questions answered and better understand the responsibilities of acquiring and owning a service dog.
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Upon receipt of this information, you will be contacted by Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, either by email or telephone for a Preliminary Application Review/Discussion.
Marine Veteran SGT. Bradley Walker with "Bella", his SMSD mobility assistance dog.
Recent graduates SGT. Robert Harris and mobility assistance service dog "Bearden", sponsored by the Bearden HS JROTC Cadet Corps.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs "Tribute to Our Military"
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
Each Smoky Mountain Service Dog puppy is hand selected by our trainers and the majority will come from reputable breeders. Appropriate shelter/rescue dogs may also be considered.
SMSD Bella/Dennis Tissot Training
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
In March, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that 1 in every 50 school children suffer from autism. That is more than 1 million U.S. School Children.
In January of this year NBC News reports that for the first 11 months of 2012, 177 active duty military personnel took their own lives. That is more than the 176 combat related fatalities. Army suicides have increased 54% since 2007 when 115 took their own lives.
For the latest in Autism News please see this link: www.TheAutismNews.com
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
1 in 50 American children suffer from austism
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.