Assistance Animals

The definition of a "service animal" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a "service animal" as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The Act also allows trained miniature horses as alternatives to dogs, subject to certain limitations.  Service animals are working animals. NOT PETS.

The ADA requires buisnesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into their establishment, even if the establishment has a "no pets" policy.

Service animals are not an animal that provides emotional support, crime prevention or comfort / companionship because it does not perform specific tasks associated with a person's disability. 

 Assistance dogs are trained to assist people with specific needs relating to their disability and may perform guide, hearing, seizure alert, scent alert, or physical assistance skills. Assistance dogs may be trained by a program or by a private trainer or disabled handler.

Assistance Dogs International Website

Assistance Dog United Campaign (ADUC)

5860 Labath Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
The Assistance Dog United Campaign (ADUC) is a health and human welfare organization which provides financial assistance to individuals who have the need for an assistance dog but have difficulty in raising the necessary funds and to people and programs whose purpose is to provide assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

The Awareness K-9 Foundation

Head of the Bay Rd
APT 27
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Cell: 508-292-7977
Dogs trained for people with epilepsy or diabetes.

Canine Assistants

3160 Francis Road
Milton, Georgia 30004
Phone: (770) 664-7178
Toll Free: (800) 771-7221
Trains and provides service dogs to enhance and improve the lives of children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs.

Canines for Disabled Kids

255 Park Avenue, Suite 601
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: (978) 422-5299
CDK will travel to you and present an educational program on assistance dogs and the ADA, will help families raise funds in the community. CDK staff member is available to help families sift through the organizations; asking questions and prioritizes the needs of their child to help them select which organization is best for them.

Canine Companions for Independence

Northeast Regional Training Facility
Miller Family Campus
286 Middle Island Road
Medford, NY  11763
Voice/TTY: 631.561.0200
Fax: 631.561.0230
Toll free: 800.572.BARK (2275)

Pet Partners

Pet Partners
875 124th Avenue, NE, Suite 101
Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: (425) 679-5500
Provides advocacy and education on behalf of people with service animals; information about the selection, training, stewardship and roles of service animals; and referral to service animal training programs and related resources.

4 Paws for Ability, Inc.

253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, OH 45385
Phone: (937) 374-0385 or (937) 376-2781 (Training Center)
Dogs are trained for children and young adults with epilepsy, autism, diabetes, FASH/DE, and hearing loss. They also have an Assistance Dogs for Veterans program.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

P.O. Box 151200
San Rafael, California 94915-1200
Toll Free: (800) 295-4050

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

611 Granite Springs RD
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Phone: (914) 245-4024
Toll Free: (800) 942-0149

Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled

Serving quadriplegic and others with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility impairments by providing trained monkeys to assist with daily activities.
541 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02134
Phone: (617) 787-4419
Email: (application)

The International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)

provides information, resources and networking to assistance teams across the country. Members of IAADP are also eligible for financial assistance to pay veterinary bills for serious injury or illness that would otherwise prevent an assistance dog from working. They offer an Assistance Dog Loss support line.
38691 Filly DR,
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Helpline: (586) 826-3938

National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS)

PO Box 213
West Boylston, MA 01583
Phone: (978) 422-9064 (Voice/TTY)

North Star Foundation

Provides assistance dogs for children
20 Deerfield Lane
Storrs, CT 06268
Phone: (860) 423-0664

Paws With a Cause

4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348
Phone: (800) 253-7297

Fact Sheet last updated on: 4/14/2014

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