Evaluating whether a canine medical condition is considered a disability can be a difficult task. We do not have specific guidelines or regulations. Our approach is simple. We consider a disability any disease, condition, or impairment that impacts the dogs ability to function normally without caregiver assistance. Applicants are carefully evaluated to determine whether they qualify as a KISS Companion. We recommend and encourage you to apply. If we cannot help directly, we will do our best to put you in contact with an organization who can.
Here are some of the more common disabilities we support. For a description, treatment, and other information about these disabilities as well as others, please visit our Resources page.
Mobility Challenged – Musculoskeletal Diseases & Conditions Degenerative Disc Disease * Canine Degenerative Myelopathy * Hip Dysplasia * Trauma * Arthritis * Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) * Amputee
Sensory Challenged – Hearing & Vision Blindness (partial/full) * Ocular Diseases (Glaucoma, Cataracts, Retinal Degeneration, Uveitis, Cherry Eye) * Deafness (partial/full)
Terminal Illness – Cancer & Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Diseases Cancer * Congestive Heart Failure * Mitral Valve Disease (MDV) * Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Nervous System Diseases & Conditions Canine Epilepsy * Paralysis * Vestibular Disease * Brain Tumor * Congenital Megaesophagus * Cerebellar Hypoplasia/Cerebellar Abiotrophy
Geriatric & Senior – Special Need’s Canine Cognitive Dysfunction * Renal Disease * Incontinence * Deafness/Blindness * Arthritis
Endocrine, Blood, & Autoimmune Diseases Diabetes * Addison’s Disease * Cushing’s Disease * Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) * Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) * SLE * Neuromuscular Diseases of Dogs