Veteran Assistance Dogs for Mobility and PTSD

ICAN places service dogs with veterans who have a Primary Mobility/Balance Assistance need, PTSD secondary need.

Our service dogs are trained to support veterans with mobility issues and to interrupt symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Each dog is trained specifically for each individual veteran’s needs. The service dog skills may include: alerting to signs of rising anxiety such as foot-tapping, clenching fists, knee bouncing, and interrupting nightmares.

An alert allows the veteran to take control of the situation. The veteran is taught what they need to do once the dog has alerted. They need to know how to incorporate the dog into their overall therapy to help them regain a sense of peace and control. Helping a veteran overcome trauma is a team effort. The dog alerts to the anxiety and provides comfort in times of need, but it is up to the veteran to take a proactive approach to their healing, with continued counseling, to help them optimize the skills of his/her new partner.

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 autism assist dog. ICAN charges a $75 non-refundable application fee and a one-time fee of $2,500, 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 call Sandi, our Director of Client Services at 317-672-3865 or email her at