Funding FAQs

We ask our clients to fundraise $8,000 for NEADS to defray the over $42,000 it costs us to acquire, train and match each of our unique and highly trained dogs.

We make it easy by supporting our clients at every step of the way. We provide a fundraising kit that has effective and efficient fundraising methods. NEADS assists in developing a realistic fundraising strategy that helps each client achieve their goals. Depending on the success of our joint fundraising campaign, a client's out-of-pocket expenses may be zero!

For more information on fundraising, please contact our Development Department.

How much does a NEADS dog cost?

The full cost of training and placing a highly trained NEADS Dog is over $42,000.  NEADS asks our clients to help by raising or contributing a minimum goal of $8,000.  We believe it is important for our clients to have a vested interest in their dogs and it is this “pay it forward” philosophy that helps us to continue to provide dogs to future clients. We will provide you with fundraising ideas and support every step of the way.

How do I go about fundraising?

After your initial interview and upon being accepted into the NEADS program, you will meet with a NEADS representative. Together you will brainstorm and develop a personalized fundraising plan that is both comfortable and achievable. You will receive a fundraising page on our website as well as a fundraising kit of ideas proven successful by previous clients. NEADS will continue to guide and support you so that your fundraising experience is rewarding, not stressful.

What if I am unable to fundraise?

NEADS understands that some of our clients have circumstances that may make fundraising very difficult. Remember that this is a team effort and you are never alone in the process. We ask that you do everything you can to work with us to meet your fundraising goal. There are many resources available that you may not be aware of and they will be discussed in your fundraising interview. Our main goal at NEADS is to provide Service Dogs to those who need them and we have never denied anyone who did their best to meet their fundraising goals. 

Do I have to fundraise or can I donate to NEADS with my own money?

Fundraising is not a requirement. Our clients are welcome to donate out of pocket if they are financially capable of doing so.  Some of our clients have set up automatic donations from their bank accounts through our website.  Some clients choose a combination of making their own donations to NEADS, and fundraising.

Will I get a dog faster if I raise the money more quickly?

NEADS dogs are matched based on a very complex list of criteria and we pride ourselves on our team matches.  This is our number one priority. 

How long do I have to fundraise the $8,000 donation to NEADS?

The waiting period to be matched with your Service Dog partner is different for all of our clients.  We ask that you begin fundraising as soon as you are accepted into the program and that you try to have half of the money raised by the time you arrive for training. The goal is to have your fundraising completed within two years of acceptance.

What if I raise more than $8,000?

Many of our clients exceed the minimum fundraising goal. For those clients that enjoy the fundraising process and are willing to continue, we have additional fundraising levels to strive for that will be discussed in your fundraising interview. Some clients choose to fundraise for the full cost of a dog which helps NEADS to continue to provide dogs to more people.

What if I have raised money and my situation changes and I am unable to have a NEADS dog?

On the rare occasion that a match does not occur or is unsuccessful, the money raised will be applied to assist other clients.  

For additional questions on fundraising, please contact our Client Support Coordinator Amanda Charbonneau at 

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