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Best Friend Dog Application

Release dogs from New Life K9s program are trained as service dogs but didn't meet all requirements due to medical or behavioral issues. We aim to find them loving homes where they can thrive without pressure or expectations of supporting someone in the emotional capacity of that of our service and warrior support dogs. 

Thank you for your interest in a New Life K9s best friend dog!

Before Applying

Please thoroughly review our FAQ page before applying for a dog to determine if you qualify. If you have any questions after reviewing our FAQ page please contact us

Who We Serve

*New Life K9s is currently only able to serve veterans and first responders in the following counties in California: San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Fresno, Kings, and Kern. If you are not currently living in one of these counties please refer to our resources page to find other service dog organizations in your area. 

Approval Process

Please note that we cannot guarantee you will be matched with one of our dogs (service dog, warrior support dog, or best friend dog). We also cannot guarantee time frames on how long the process will take.

Start Online Application

Start your Online Applicaiton by clicking below.

Print Application

Print out our application to fill out and send back to us for review.

Adoption Requirements

  • Previous dog ownership experience 

  • Must currently reside in California

  • Income verification showing you are able to properly care for the dog's financial needs

  • Applicants will be required to go through an interview process (including meeting the dog in person) to determine if the match for adoption is appropriate. Applications will be chosen by matching the personality and lifestyle to the specific dog available.

  • Applicants will also be required to go through an orientation process with New Life K9s staff prior to adopting a dog

  • You will need to come to our campus in San Luis Obispo, CA for the orientation

New Life K9s is committed to eliminating discrimination on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, sexuality, or social class. We aim to provide service dogs, delivered in a way that respects the needs of each individual and does not exclude anyone. By demonstrating these beliefs New Life K9s ensures that it develops a service dog program that is diverse, and non-discriminatory.

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