PO Box 1803, Makawao, HI 96768 | (808) 298-0167 | info@assistancedogshawaii.org
Application Process - Assistance Dogs Hawaii

Application Process

Step 1 — Initial Screening for Eligibility and Phone Interview

  • Potential Applicant contacts Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and it is determined if initial eligibility requirements are met.
  • If person is considered a potential applicant, a detailed phone interview will be conducted to determine eligibility for our program.
  • Application packet will be mailed to potential applicants. If a person is not a match for our program they may be referred to another organization.

Step 2 — Written Application

  • Potential applicant is notified once the completed packet is received with all accompanying documents.
  • Application goes to the Application Review Committee.
  • Applicant is notified of acceptance or denial of application.


Step 3 — Home Interview

  • Successful applicant completes a pre-home interview form.
  • Home interview takes place involving all members of the family.

Step 4 — Acceptance and Matching

  • Once an applicant has successfully completed the interview process they go onto the waiting list for an Assistance Dog.
  • Applicant is carefully matched with dogs according to temperament, skills needed, energy/activity level, personality, and environment that they would be working in.
  • Wait times for an Assistance Dog are generally less than a year but can be up to two years long since dogs are placed with the best possible match and not in order of wait times.
  • The applicant will be notified when the program has a possible match and the two prospective partners will meet.
  • Team Training Camp is scheduled for the new partners.