According to W.A.G.S., it costs $28,000 to train, house, feed and provide veterinary care for a service dog. Families receiving dogs agree to raise $9,000, and W.A.G.S., through community donations, picks up the rest of the cost.
Brian distinguishes between W.A.G.S. dogs and "fake" service animals, which have been in the news lately. People buys vests and IDs for their pets and call them service animals, even though they have no or inadequate training. Then they try to take the animals into places, such as airplanes and some apartments, that normally don't allow them.