K9’s in need of Special Support works with existing shelters to provide financial, veterinary, and educational resources to directly support dogs with disabling conditions. This gives us the ability to help dogs in shelters regardless of their location. Our goal is to assist dogs nationwide.
The process begins with the shelter submitting a KISS Companion application. Applications are reviewed to determine if the impairment can be considered a disability, and the amount of financial assistance we are able to provide (1).
Approved applicants are documented as KISS Companion Cases. Medical records, and relevant histories are requested (if available) to expedite care and minimize unnecessary costs. Our role is similar to a clinical case manager. We identify and engage the resources best suited to help the dog, coordinate the initial veterinary consult, and subsequently manage all follow-up procedures. We collaborate with specialists for those who require training (deaf, blind) or care management programs (the diabetic). Our intent is to be the primary focal point for these dogs as they move through their treatment plans. In doing so, we free up the shelters valuable resources, so they can focus on the adoption plan (2).
If you are a rescue organization/shelter who is housing a disabled dog that needs assistance, or if you are unsure whether the impairment is supported, please contact us. We try to help as many dogs as we can. Our focus is to help the dogs that may be overlooked due to their impairment.
For more information or to apply for assistance, reference Rescue Organization Requirements & Forms.
For a list of common disabilities, reference Supported Disabilities.
1 The amount of financial assistance KISS can provide is based on the veterinarian’s evaluation and the wellness plan. Depending on the complexity of the case, and/or amount of resources required, this amount may require periodic reviews. Our intent is to keep the shelter aware of their cost and our commitment throughout this period.
2 Since KISS supports many companions we do our best to balance the priority of each dog, and consider the extent or complexity of the impairment, the time frame, and the immediate need.