ACQUIRING A CREDENTIALED AaTs EMOTIONAL SUPPORT OR SERVICE DOG
Emotional Support and Service Dogs
Do you have need for a trained working dog to support your physical, cognitive, or emotional needs? We can help! AaTs can acquire and train your perfect therapeutic canine companion.
Please see for more information regarding Emotional Support and Service Dogs.
"Fred", seen in the center photo at right, came from a high kill shelter in Tennessee and is a perfect example how we help both animals and people.
This family wanted a companion therapy dog for their son who is wheelchair bound. There were allergy issues, so we went on the hunt for a poodle type mix.
Upon arrival in Connecticut, Fred was in intensive training for four months while being fostered by one of our volunteers. The volunteer observed each professional training session, then practiced every new skill at home throughout the day.
In addition to basic commands, Fred was trained to jump up on our lap while seated in the wheelchair, walk on a loose leash beside the wheelchair, and play fetch. His unique training provides the opportunity for this little boy to walk and play with his dog like any other child.
Pictured below Fred is "Buddy", a great companion dog for this young man who was experiencing isolation and loneliness.
At the top is a clip of "Millie" during training...a lovely Shepherd who joined her "forever" family with three children.
AaTs dogs have a training period of approximately 8-18 months depending on the dog and the work they will be trained to do for their human. During the training process, AaTs boards and trains the dog.
The owner/handler is actively involved during the process.
Expect costs to range $8,000-$10,000 for an Emotional Support Dog or $35,000-$40,000 for a Service Dog.
These specially trained dogs can help with depression, PTSD, autism, or physical/learning disabilities.
This is a sizable investment that includes adoption, veterinary, boarding, and training fees. It is often not affordable for those who need it most. Please consider making a tax deductible monetary contribution to "Gretyl's Memorial Fund" to help those in financial need. Just click on the DONATE BUTTON located at the top of this page. AaTs is a non profit 501c3.
For questions and more information please contact Chris Patella, Director. (203) 804-5343.