4 Paws for Ability provides service dogs worldwide. Their mission is to
Delta Society is an organization about service and therapy animals that studies the role of animals in "people's health and well-being" including the use of service and therapy dogs to improve people's lives. For more information, see this resource under "National."
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) is an organization that provides information and support to people who own assistance dogs and others interested in assistance dogs. Membership categories include Partners, Friends, and Providers. A Partner membership is open to a disabled person working with an adult dog with at least six months of training meeting minimum training standards for public access. A Provider membership is open to professional individuals and organizations that train assistance dogs or assist disabled individuals to train their own dog. A Friend membership is open to a disabled person with a puppy or dog in training, health professionals, individuals raising a dog to become an assistance dog, and other interested individuals. The mission of IAADP is stated as "(1) provide assistance dog partners with a voice in the assistance dog field; (2) enable those partnered with guide dogs, hearing dogs, and service dogs to work together on issues of mutual concern; (3) to foster the disabled person / assistance dog partnership." IAADP links members together with an annual meeting at the Assistance Dogs International Conference and publishes a quarterly newsletter. These programs tie people together from the different categories of guide dogs, hearing dogs, and service dogs. IAADP offers a lot of information about veterinary care programs, access issues, disaster relief, advocacy, air travel with an assistance dog, selecting and training an assistance dog, assistance dog laws, and links to dog resources "Canine Corner" and "Disability Resources." Also see "Partners Support System" on "A Brief History and Special Projects" page about a program designed to see that an assistance dog is cared for and returned to its owner if lost or united with an emergency caregiver if the owner becomes incapacitated. The website also has information about joining on-line (see link above) or by mail at IAADP PO Box 1326 Sterling Heights, MI 48311. There are several phone numbers and e-mail addresses listed under "Contact Information." Phone: 586-826-3938, National Helpline (access issues): 513-245-2199, International Helpline: 586-826-3938 or direct general questions can be sent via e-mail to IAADP@aol.com
Canine Companions for Independence provides trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities and to professional caregivers providing pet assisted therapy. There are various locations in the Midwest area, including Delaware, Ohio, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and Glenview, Illinois. There are also volunteer groups in several locations. To learn more about this program, see the link above or send e-mail to: email@example.comDelta Society is an organization about service and therapy animals that studies the role of animals in "people's health and well-being" including the use of service and therapy dogs to improve people's lives. The Delta Society does not train service dogs, but it does offer information on its website about service dogs and how to find service dog providers and trainers. To learn about service animals, click on "Service Animals" on the drop-down menu under "Learn." The information available includes information about service dogs, who can be helped by a service dog, and information about a curriculum for training service dog trainers. A number of topics are also covered under "Frequently asked Questions" including general information about service dogs, how to find a service dog and trainer, and questions about access issues. To find lists of service dog providers and trainers, click on ""Where can I find a service dog?" under "Frequently Asked Questions." Trainers can be found by state, by providers that cover the entire U.S., and by providers that provide dogs internationally. Under "FAQs", "Where can I find a service dog?": Lists of Service Dog Trainers and Training Programs (3 lists, by state, national, international) Service Dog Related Organizations Service Dog Equipment Suppliers (vests, harnesses, patches, assistive devices) The Delta Society also has information about pet partners and animal assisted therapy programs (animals that visit people in hospitals and nursing homes, etc.) and the health benefits of companion animals (everyday pets). Contact the Delta Society at 875 124th Ave NE, Ste 101, Bellevue, WA 98005-2531, Phone: 425-479-5500 and Fax: 425-679-5539 or send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dogs for the Deaf takes dogs from shelters and trains them to be Hearing Dogs to alert people who are deaf to sounds that they need to be aware of such as fire alarms, ringing telephones and door bells, knocking at the door, oven timers, alarm clocks, or a baby crying. Dogs are evaluated, receive necessary shots and veterinary care, are given obedience training and socialized, and are trained as Hearing Dogs. Those dogs that are not suited to be hearing dogs are trained as Special Needs dogs for people with a variety of disabilities such as cerebral palsy, seizures, and depression; as Dogs for Seniors to provide companionship for a senior citizen; or as Career Change Dogs that are placed into loving homes. No dog is returned to a shelter. Dogs for the Deaf, located in Central Point, Oregon, finds its dogs in shelters in Oregon, Washington, and California. Services include placement training in the client's home and follow up support, including in-home visits, for the "life of the team." This website includes a resource list on organizations about disability and organizations about dogs. Contact Dogs for the Deaf at 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR 97502 or Phone: 541-826-9220 or Fax: 541-826-6696 or send e-mail to: email@example.com
Vets Helping Heroes a nonprofit dedicated to providing assistance dogs for active duty military and retired personnel veterans recovering from the physical and psychological challenges they suffered as a result of their service to our country. This organization raises funds for assistance dog programs and offers information about assistance dogs for veterans with disabilities.Winter Safety for Dogs: Five Cold-Weather Concerns is an article on Rover.com that covers Fur Isnít Enough, Stay Close, Vehicle related Hazards, Paw and Pad care and Frost bite and Hypothermia. Keep your dog safe in winter.
Handi-Dogs To promote independence, freedom, health, & dignity for seniors & people with disabilities through the use of trained dogs.75 South Montego Drive Tucson, Arizona 85710, or Phone: (520) 326-3412, or Fax: (520) 319-8186 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Simon Foundation takes dogs from shelters and trains them to be Hearing Dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and are residents of California. Hearing Dogs are trained to alert their owners to sounds in the home such as a ringing doorbell, someone knocking at the door, a telephone, an alarm clock, an oven timer, or a smoke alarm. Dogs are evaluated, checked for good health, spayed or neutered, given necessary shots, and socialized and taught basic commands. Dogs can be trained to only work sounds in the home or also be certified to work in public places. See the Sam Simon Foundation website for a description of the difference between a dog working at home and in public. Those dogs that are not suited to be hearing dogs are called Career Change Dogs and are placed into loving homes. Services include orientation training in the client's home and follow up support. The Foundation also has a program that takes dogs in training to visit people living in assisted living facilities and a mobile spay and neutering program for dogs and cats that belong to low-income people living in Los Angeles. Contact the Sam Simon Foundation at 30765 Pacific Coast Hwy #113, Malibu, CA 90265 or Phone: 310-457-5898 (voice/ TTY) or Fax: 310-457-9312 or send e-mail to email@example.com
Fidos For Freedom, Inc. is an organization in Laurel, MD that provides hearing, service, and therapy dogs in the Baltimore, MD-Washington, DC metropolitan area. Hearing dogs are trained to alert a deaf or hard-of-hearing person to important sounds such as door bells, smoke/fire alarms, telephones, a baby's cry, or an alarm clock. Service dogs are trained to assist physically disabled people in a variety of ways. Therapy dogs are trained to visit patients in nursing homes and hospitals with their owner volunteers and brighten a patient's day. Fidos' website offers information about these programs, answers some common questions under "FAQ", and offers links to dog related resources and disability resources under "Links". To find out how to apply for an assistance dog (within 75 miles of Laurel, MD), click on "Application Information" on the Assistance Dogs page. This website has canine resources under therapy and assistance dog organizations, dog rescue organizations, service dog equipment, & other dog related organizations and disability resources under local & national disability organizations and service dog related organizations. For more information contact Fidos for Freedom, Inc.at P.O. Box 5508, Laurel, MD 20726, Phone: 410-880-4178 or 301-490-4005, TTY: 301-570-7570, Fax: 301-490-9061, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
K9 navigators Assistance Dogs provides service dogs to active duty, retired military personnel, first responders, including fire, police and emergency personnel and their families who have been injured or experienced trauma while honorably serving our country. They also place service dogs with families who have children with a variety of special medical conditions including cerebral palsy, autism, seizure disorder and diabetes. What makes them different from other service dog organization's is that they provide customized K9 selection for temperament and workability, then tailor the dog's task training to meet the individual needs of the applicant.
Saving Paws Animal Rescue Inc.
is a 501(c3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless, abandoned and special needs animals and finding new adoptive homes or providing a lifelong sanctuary for them; to train and provide service dogs to children, adults and Veterans with disabilities to help with both physical and emotional independence. We also seek to educate the public regarding animal responsibility and the use of service dogs in public places. For more information, contact Saving Paws Animal Rescue by
Mail: PO Box 0362, Appleton, WI 54912-0362
Rescue: N3141 Meade Street, Appleton, WI 54913
Phone: (920) 830-2392
or send email to: email@example.com
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