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. 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.
Please provide the following information:
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.
SMSD has been awarded Gold Star Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International. This validates that the facilities and operation of the SMSD program meets or exceeds ADI standards.
Congratulations to recent graduates US Army and Vietnam veteran Ike Weaver and SMSD "Nitro" and US Air Force and Special Operations veteran Daniel Belcher with SMSD "Stryker"
A Salute to Air Force Veteran Billy Marshall and his SMSD "Lucy"
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
US Army Veteran Kevin Jankoski with "Blitz", his SMSD mobility assistance dog. Graduated Oct. 16th
Marine Veteran SGT. Bradley Walker with "Bella", his SMSD mobility assistance dog.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs "Tribute to Our Military"
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.
Volunteer Dennis Tissot Training Bella and Blitz
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.