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Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program and Fund

During the 2017 Maryland Legislative Session, Senate Bill 441 created the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program and Fund in the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.  The bill was approved by Governor Hogan May 4 and took effect July 1, 2017.

The Program educates veterans and the community about Maryland based service and support dog programs and the benefits such dogs may provided to veterans living with a disability.  The Program also establishes the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program Fund in the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.  Donations to the fund will be disbursed by the Department to participating service animal programs to reimburse for costs associated with training and placing a service dog with a military veteran.

Service Dogs
THE PROGRAM

For Veterans-
If you are interested in learning more about guide and service dogs, visit ‘Guide and Service Dogs’ on the MDVA website.

Participating Service Animal Programs-
Veterans interested in applying for a service animal may contact the service animal programs listed below.

 

If you have questions related to the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program or about participating service animal programs,
please contact the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs at 410-260-3838 or 410-260-2842.

For Service Animal Programs-
Basic qualifications to participate in the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program include:

Program just be Maryland based
Qualified as tax exempt by the IRS
Trains service dogs for use by Maryland veterans
Selected by the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs to participate

If you have questions related to participating in the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program,
please contact Dana Hendrickson, Outreach Director
410-260-3842 or dana.hendrickson@maryland.gov

Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program Forms:
Nonprofit Training Entity Application Form
Program Participant Completion/Release Form

For Donations:
Donations are accepted by check or credit card.

Checks must be payable to the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program Fund and mailed to:
Dana Hendrickson, Director
Outreach and Advocacy Program
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
16 Francis Street, Fourth Floor
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

If you would like to donate to the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program Fund  by credit card go to:

 

 

 


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