Facility dogs work with professionals who incorporate the dog into the care of their clients, patients or students, and are most frequently placed in hospitals (i.e. physical therapy departments) or schools with special needs students.
Unfortunately these dogs do not have a protected legal right to public access as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, these dogs may be permitted to enter facilities (e.g., schools, therapy units) based on a negotiated agreement between the dog’s facilitator and the administration of the facility.
ICAN places dogs within Indiana and placement is determined by our Client Placement Team on what dog will work best for that particular type of placement. There is a 1-3 year wait time for a dog and sometimes longer for an autism assist dog. ICAN charges a $75 non-refundable application fee and a one-time fee of $1600, or whatever the fee is at the time you receive your dog. We then work with the client and dog team at no additional charge for the life of that partnership as new needs arise. Learn How to Apply.
People who are thinking about applying for a service dog often have many questions about their eligibility and the process. Please refer to our FAQ section for many answers to common questions. If your specific question is not addressed, please contact us, or call Sandi, our Director of Client Services at 317-672-3865.