Cost of a Service Dog

The cost of a TLCAD service dog

As a non-profit, we do not charge for our service dogs. There are some up-front costs involved in attending Team Training and purchasing equipment needed to maintain the training and care of the dog. Those costs include: 

  • Supplies costs: These generally include items like a harness, leash, crate, and possibly special equipment such as a special vest for handle-led walking with autism dogs, or a balance harness, etc.   

  • Attending Team Training: The recipient may pay for transportation to and from the Los Angeles area, see our Team Training page for more information. 

  • Attending Graduation Ceremony at correctional facility : In most cases, recipients will receive dogs trained in their local correctional facility. In some cases, recipients may receive a dog trained in a correctional facility from another city, in which case, travel costs may be incurred.  

The ongoing costs of dog ownership are covered by the recipient. This includes feeding a high-quality dog food, providing veterinary care, pet supplies, etc.  The estimated cost for care of a service dog can be up to $200 per month.

Because the cost to TLCAD to train one dog is  anywhere from $20,000-$30,000 per dog, depending on the length of time the dog spent in training, we encourage clients to make donations, sign media waivers, apply for funding from sponsors and occasionally speak at events.