NSD’s Certified Service Dogs are valued at $40,000 over their eight to ten year working life; however, each dog is provided free of charge to approved clients.
NSD receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations from the general public, corporate sponsors, fundraising events, and community supporters.
Clients are not obligated to fundraise, and fundraising efforts are in no way tied to when and if they receive their service dog; however, many of them assist by asking for donations from friends and family or hosting their own fundraiser or Pledgeathons. NSD also has many third party fundraisers that host events in support of our working dog teams.
The actual direct cost of the Certified Service Dog to the family is:
- an application fee of $50
- equipment fee of $250
- cost of travel, accommodations and food for the week of Team Training in Cambridge.
All food and veterinary costs are born by the recipient once the dog has been placed with the family.