The first step in applying for a Psychiatric Service dog from Operation K9 Beethoven is to fill out and submit the application. If you are unable to complete the online application, please contact Operation K9 Beethoven at 201-986-1111 and a paper copy can be sent to you.

Before submitting the application, please review the following eligibility requirements:

In addition to the application, we require the following documents: DD214 (please black out section 3 and section 5 -- we do not require your date of birth or your social security number).  A letter of recommendation from your Psychiatrist/Psychologist stating that you are under their care and that you would benefit from having a Psychiatric Service Dog. You must have permanent housing. 

You can email to: k9beethoven@yahoo.com

PLEASE NOTE: Dog ownership is a long-term commitment. Dogs live for an average of 8-16 years depending on the breed, and every dog needs daily exercise and stimulation. They’re also very sociable animals. Dogs need their owners to spend time with them, and many can’t cope with being home alone for hours every day. Even if you don’t work long hours out of the house, think about whether you have any other commitments that might keep you from giving them the attention they need!

Applicants for a Psychiatric Service Dog must be 21 years of age or older. 

Applicants must have permanent appropriate, alcohol/drug free housing/address. 

Operation K9 Beethoven or Rescue will conduct a home inspection (permanent housing only). 

Applicants must reside within the New Jersey (immediate surrounding areas).

Applicants must be legal, permanent U.S. residents.

Applicants must have an official PTSD diagnosis from a qualified and licensed mental health professional; be actively engaged in therapy for the PTSD diagnosis, for a minimum of one (1) year, and maintain compliance with therapeutic recommendations. Applicants must be compliant with all medical and mental health recommendations.

Applicants must present a verifiable medical need for a Psychiatric Service Dog and understand that Operation K9 Beethoven may not be able to train a dog specific to their needs.

Applicants must be available and willing to communicate with Operation K9 Beethoven staff throughout the application and placement process.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in handling a Psychiatric Service Dog at home and in a variety of public environments, while managing the dog’s safety, behavior, and working skills.

Applicants consent to Operation K9 Beethoven conducting an initial home study/inspection and follow-up home visits as we deem necessary.

By signing and submitting this application, you hereby acknowledge that you have completely read and fully understand Operation K9 Beethoven's policies and affirm that all questions were answered accurately, and truthfully.  You acknowledge that you nor any member of your household has ever been convicted of Animal Cruelty, Animal Abuse, or neglect.

Applications are reviewed weekly. If the applicant meets Operation K9 Beethoven’s selection criteria, you will be contacted by our staff to schedule a telephone interview.

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be processed.


All applicants will be considered regardless of race, gender, religion, creed, sexual orientation, and ethnic origin.

Approved successor dog applicants have priority over first-time applicants.

Wait time for training and placement will vary depending on the specific needs of the applicant and dog availability.

Operation K9 Beethoven reserves the right to stop the application process, training, and placement process at any time.

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