Now Accepting Preliminary Applications
Please read before submitting the Preliminary Application:
It is our policy that Veterans who apply must have a service connected PHYSICAL DISABILITY that is verified and rated by the VA. Physical disabilities include loss of limb, injuries sustained during training accidents or while deployed, systemic disabilities due to exposure to toxic substances, TBI and more. There are injuries where canine mobility assistance is appropriate. SMSD does NOT train dogs for PTSD UNLESS the veteran has a service connected physical disability in addition to their psychological disabilities. SMSD serves Veterans only. We do NOT train dogs for general disabilities, seizure or diabetic alert, or guide dogs for sight problems.
In addition, our normal service area is a 350 mile radius or an approximate 6 hour drive from Knoxville, Tennessee. SMSD serves the entire state of Tennessee and portions of Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia regionally. Please note that we do have the ability to OVERRIDE the service area with SMSD board approval when the applicant meets the application criteria and is approved by the SMSD application team. For more information about our application process and how we operate, please read the frequently asked questions.
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 Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International. This validates that the facilities and operation of the SMSD program meets or exceeds ADI standards.