Application process & application for a Mobility Dog
INTRODUCTION TO MOBILITY DOGS
Thank you for your enquiry to Mobility Dogs.
Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust (Mobility Dogs) is a Charitable Trust established in 2003. Our Mission is to enhance the lives of people living with long-term disabilities, increasing independence, confidence, self-esteem and participation in New Zealand communities.
We achieve this through the following initiatives: undertaking the training of Mobility Assistance Dogs; providing Mobility Dogs to people living with disabilities and instructing them in the skills required to work with a Mobility Dog.

THE SPECIALIST TASKS OF A MOBILITY DOG
Our everyday work is focused on partnering highly skilled Mobility Dogs with individuals living with disabilities including, but not exclusive to, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal injury, stroke, and Parkinson’s. Mobility Dogs are trained in a range of specialist tasks such as:

• Fetching the phone
• Retrieving dropped items
• Paying for purchases across a counter
• Taking off shoes, socks, gloves etc.
• Switching lights on and off
• Loading and unloading washing machines and dryers
• Assisting with transfers to/from a wheelchair
• Opening and closing doors, cupboards and drawers
• Carrying items in a backpack
• Pressing lift and pedestrian buttons
• Bringing in mail from a letterbox
• Depositing rubbish into bins
• Barking for help on command
• Delivering items from one person to another
• Towing a manual wheelchair

We recommend you go to our website www.mobilitydogs.co.nz as you will gain an overview of the Trust there are several client stories that will give you a sense of what to expect from being partnered with a Mobility Dog.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please note at present we are not taking applications from applicants who are under 16.

The process for receiving a Mobility Dog is divided into three separate stages outlined below. As each stage is completed and reviewed by the Mobility Dogs team, you may be asked to continue to the second and finally the third stage or be advised that your application is not proceeding to the next stage.

We understand that this can be a lengthy process for you, however we aim to ensure that a Mobility Dog is appropriate for your specific situation and will enhance your life.
• All applicants will be considered for a Mobility Dog in accordance with our Equal Opportunities Policy.
• All applicants will be treated with respect and fairness in accordance with Principal 2 of Mobility Dogs Code of Ethical Conduct

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
• Long-term disability
• Dog can enhance daily life by undertaking functional tasks
• Adequately manage and care for a dog or have key support person(s) supporting the placement
• Home environment is suitable for housing a Mobility Dog

COSTS
Whilst the cost to raise and train a Mobility Dog is met by the Trust, there is a placement cost of $5,000 for clients who are based in the Auckland region and $6,000 for those outside of Auckland, which contributes to associated placement costs if you receive a dog.
Applicants who successfully move into stage three of the application process will incur the cost of a Functional Assessment unless they are able to attend in the Auckland region.
Once our dogs are placed with clients all ongoing costs of the dog are met by the client. On average this is approximately $2,500 per year.

TIMEFRAMES
Due to demand for a Mobility Dog and individual client requirements we are unable to provide set timeframes for completion of the application process.
We undertake to:
• Keep applicants informed throughout the application process
• To meet timeframes detailed in the Application Stages below
• Respond to any enquiries promptly
• Provide details of expected timeframes/next steps to each applicant as applicable
• You will be advised of the final outcome by Mobility Dogs staff within one month of the completed functional assessment being received by Mobility Dogs
• If successful we then begin a process of looking for a suitable Mobility Dog with the training, skills, personality and physical requirements to match your needs. This can happen quickly or take significant time to find a suitable match.


APPLICATION STAGES

STAGE 1:
- Please complete as fully as you can and return to applicants@mobilitydogs.co.nz .
- You will be contacted by the applicant coordinator once the team have reviewed your form.
- Generally, the team will review applications monthly. They may want to ask you further questions about your application
in which case they will get in touch.
- Or, if you have any queries about the application form please give the applicant coordinator a call or email.
We will aim to contact you again within one month of reviewing your application.

STAGE 2:
- The home visit is when you will meet one or two of our team. If you live outside Auckland, we will visit only when we are
in close proximity to your area. This may take time to schedule.
- At the home visit we ask you to have at the appointment any support people, friends, family, health professionals etc who
will be involved in you potentially receiving a Mobility Dog.
- Having a Mobility Dog in your life can be very rewarding. However, the dogs require a great deal of time, care and
attention from you. Sometimes living with a disability means care of a dog can be challenging. It is during this meeting
that we can discuss how this will be managed by you or your support people.
- Cost of the dog will also be discussed at this visit
- We aim to be back in touch with you again within one month of the home visit to advise whether you will be asked to
complete a functional assessment.

STAGE 3:
- The functional assessment is a session with a physiotherapist or occupational therapist, who will ask you questions
about your health and function and take some measurements of your physical functioning.
- You will also discuss how a Mobility Dog might impact your function.
- The assessment usually takes an hour. If you are in Auckland the Functional Assessment is of no cost to you. If you live
out of Auckland you will need to arrange for a physio-therapist or occupational therapist to complete the assessment.
- We will provide your nominated provider with details of what is required from the functional assessment. This cost is at
your expense.
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