Apply for a Dog

Due to resource constraints and timelines impacted by COVID, we are not able to accept Individual applications at this time. We are still accepting Veteran and Courthouse/Facility Applications, as well as applications for the Owner Self Trainer program.

Prospective Clients

Welcome to the ADW application process, please review the information below prior to requesting an application and please read our eligibility guidelines before requesting an application and visit our FAQs page where many of your questions may be answered.



One Dog: One Person

ADW places service dogs with client recipients requiring individual and family support for mobility impairments, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, seizure disorders, or Type 1 diabetes. We also train dogs for Veterans with a variety of needs, including PTSD. All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. ADW does not train leader dogs for people who are blind or have a visual impairment or hearing dogs for people who are deaf or who have a hearing impairment.

Courthouse Facility & Crisis Response Teams

ADW places dogs within district attorneys’ offices, child advocacy centers, and other victim services agencies settings to assist in bringing comfort to children and adults who are seeking justice within the system. The canine will be placed with a courthouse team facilitator, which is the individual who will assume the responsibility of managing the courthouse facility dog’s work and interactions, as well as managing the courthouse facility dog’s health and well-being at all times.

Facility Team

Facility dogs are highly-trained assistance dogs that work in professional settings, such as therapy, counseling, social work, education, and occupational therapy. The canine will be placed with a member of the facility who will assume the responsibility of managing the facility dog’s work and interactions, as well as managing the facility dog’s health and well-being at all times.

Owner Self-Training (OST)

ADW works with individuals to train their own canines in need of assistance. It is an in-depth process requiring discipline and commitment. Many of the questions that you might have are answered on our FAQs page.

Application Request Process

Now that you have reviewed our types of canine placements and eligibility requirements, call our office at 505-986-9748, or email to connect with our review team. They will make sure you receive the application that best meets your needs. Due to high demand, it may take up to 10 business days to respond to your inquiry.

As you journey through this process, we also encourage you to read this free pamphlet, courtesy of Marcie Davis from Working Like Dogs: 3 Things You Need to Know About Getting An Assistance Dog.

Apply for Student Training

In addition to carefully following New Mexico Department of Health COVID guidelines, ADW will continue going above and beyond to protect the health of our students and staff. We are limiting our After School and Summer Camp programs to class sizes well below the NMDoH recommendation.



– Classes are open to kids ages 8 to 18
– Fees are per month per child
– Classes are 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
– Choose Wednesdays or Thursdays

ADW Training Center
1590 San Mateo Lane
Santa Fe, NM 87505

– January (3 Classes): $99
– February (4 Classes): $132
– March (4 Classes): $132
– April (4 Classes): $132
– May (3 Classes): $99

JANUARY (3 weeks)
12, 13
19, 20
26, 27

FEBRUARY (4 weeks)
2, 3
9, 10
16, 17
23, 24

MARCH (4 weeks)
2, 3
9, 10
23, 24
30, 31

APRIL (4 weeks)
6, 7
13, 14
20, 21
27, 28

MAY (3 weeks)
4, 5
11, 12
18, 19



Who knew summer camp and dogs went hand in hand? We knew! And what an incredible experience it is. ADW is gearing up for Summer Camp 2022. Last year’s summer camp registered almost 60 youth who participated in this exceptional, fun filled, educational program that enables youth to work directly with our service dogs in training.

Our youth program roots itself in providing a supportive learning forum. Working with trained staff and a number of our dogs, participating campers have this unique opportunity to work with our animals, providing an exceptional opportunity for self-growth and discovery.  It’s a win-win for both camper and dogs. Choose 1 week or come for all 6!

– Open to kids ages 8 to 18
– Fees are per week per child
– Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

TBD (Within Santa Fe City Limits)

Week 1:  
June 6-10
Week 2: 
June 13-17
Week 3: 
June 20-24
Week 4: 
June 27-July 1 
No Camp:  July 4-8
Week 5: 
July 11-15
Week 6: 
July 18-22