FAQ

For Veterans

1. I am a veteran. What is the process for applying to receive a service dog?

First off – thank you for your service – we appreciate you! To start the process, you’ll first need to fill out an application. Once our team reviews your application, you will then be contacted to schedule the first of three interviews.

The initial interview is conducted over the phone. During this conversation, we’ll talk about your application, outline the process, and answer any questions you may have.

The second interview is held in person. In the event there are circumstances that prevent you from attending an in-person interview, please let us know and we will work with you to the best of our abilities.
The third and final meeting will involve an in-person meeting with your battle buddy before placement is finalized.

2. How do I know which dog is right for me?

Knowing which dog is best for you and your specific needs depends on a variety of factors. First, it is important to take into consideration what type of lifestyle you lead. Are you home often? Are you an avid exercise enthusiast? Or do you gravitate towards a more laid-back lifestyle?

It’s also important to take your home size and type into consideration. Do you have a fenced in yard where your battle buddy will be able to roam free and play when he wants or needs?  Or do you live in an urban area with more compact living quarters?  We assess as much as we can to provide you with the best possible match to fit your lifestyle, temperament and needs.

3. Do you provide service animals for out-of-state residents?

Yes, we do.  We are happy to accommodate individuals residing in surrounding states to the best of our abilities.

4. What fees will I incur?

Zero. We are grateful to have a wonderful support network and are able to provide you with this service at absolutely no cost to you. All of our dogs are rescued, funded and trained thanks to the generous donations of others.

5. Do the dogs need to continue training once placed in a home?

Once dogs are placed, we routinely follow up to ensure their needs – and yours –continue to be adequately met.  Should there ever be a need for additional training, we’ll work with you closely so that it’s addressed promptly and professionally.

6. If children live in the home, are the dogs trained to be around them?

We go to great lengths to ensure that our dogs are properly socialized around people and animals of all ages.

The Application Process

1. Where do I apply for a service dog?

You can apply for a service animal through our website by either emailing us at info@kodaschoice.org or printing an application off and mailing it to us at: Koda’s Choice, 12764 Flatwood Creek Dr, Gibsonton FL 33534.

2. What is the application process like?

The application process will consist of asking questions about personal information, work information, lifestyle, a letter of official diagnosis, prior drug or alcohol abuse, military information, financial stability, etc.

3. When will I know if I have been accepted into the program?

Upon review of your application, you will be contacted by a member of our team to discuss it in further detail.  We pride ourselves in maintaining open lines of constant communication throughout the entire process.

4. How long will it take until I receive my service dog?

The length of time varies due to the multi-dimensional nature of the process. We do our best to have all dogs placed between 6-9 months from the time of application approval.

Donations

1. Are you a non-profit organization?

Yes, we are pending 501c(3) status.

2. Is my donation tax deductible?

Your donation is retroactively tax deductible pending 501c(3) Designation.

3. Do you only accept monetary donations?

No. We are always in need of training aids, beds, kennels, food, leashes, and volunteers.

4. Where do I send my donation?

Donations can be made online at kodaschoice.org or mailed to:

Koda’s Choice
12764 Flatwood Creek Dr
Gibsonton, FL 33534

5. If I make a donation, how is my money being used?

When you make a donation, you can rest easy knowing that all money goes towards the training, care, and veterinary costs of our dogs, as well as the basic daily operations and program costs, which include bringing soldiers and dogs together.

Volunteers

1. Do you accept sponsors for your dogs?

Yes.  Please contact us for additional details.

2. Do you accept volunteers for the adoption program?

Absolutely, we are always eager to bring on volunteers to help further our cause.

3. What kind of work do volunteers do for the organization?

Work varies from administrative and customer-service oriented in nature to more fundamental tasks, like taking dogs on their routine walks and assisting with fundraising efforts.

About the Animals

1. How do you choose which dogs will become service animals?

All dogs participating in the program must have a calm demeanor and suitable personality.  We go through great lengths to ensure all our dogs have the proper temperament, nature and penchant for obedience to successfully become a service animal.

2. Can you train my dog to become service dog?

Possibly.  However, training is a long and in-depth process, and we would need to have your furry friend for an extended period of time in order to complete the certification to the highest standard. It is for this reason that our main focus lies primarily on rescue, training and placement.

3. Are any of the animals trained as “medication reminders”?

No medication reminders as of yet.  This is something we will be adding in the near future.

4. Where do the animals come from?

All of our animals come from local rescue organizations.

5. Are there breeds you do not accept as service animals?

Absolutely not. All animals are chosen based on specific behavior traits, personality and a willingness to learn.  Animals that do not pass our program are placed with deserving families.

6. How do you train the dogs?

We begin with instilling the fundamental tenets of obedience training. Dogs are then continuously socialized and placed around other animals and individuals of all types to facilitate proper levels of comfort training. Once the basics are completed, we move on to in-depth, specialized training regarding PTSD, and TBI related awareness and tasks.

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