Chapter 10: Personal Assistance and In-Home Services


Section 6: Training Programs for Service Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Social/Therapy Dogs, Seizure Alert/Response Dogs and Other Assistance Animals


Listing by state.

4 Paws for Ability, Inc.

Email: Karen4paws@aol.com

4 Paws for Ability trains and places service animals with people with disabilities.

Voice: 

937-374-0385

Adler Assistance Dogs

Email: Adlerdogs@aol.com

Trains dogs to assist people with multiple disabilities.

P.O. Box 9728
Denver , CO 80209

Voice: 

303-722-0327

Fax: 

303-722-3726

AIM HI (Animals in the Military Helping Individuals) Service Dog Training Center

Email: Pamela_Oughton@ln.amedd.army.mil

Provides fully trained service dogs for eligible military veterans from all branches of the Department of Defense and their family members.

Attn: MCVS-ATA-K-SDTC, CDR USA MEDDAC Building 1489 Eisenhower Ave.
Ft. Knox , KY 40121

Voice: 

502-624-3945

Fax: 

502-624-2073

Amazing Tails, LLC

Amazing Tails, LLC, Inc. is a Delaware non-profit corporation dedicated to training service dogs to assist people with physical disabilities. We are a unique program, using rescued dogs from local shelters and giving them a new life helping a human in need.

651 Scroggy Rd.
Oxford , PA 19363

Voice: 

717-529-6875

American Service Dog Association

This organization trains and places service dogs with people with disabilities.

1521 Virginia Dr.
Ellisville , MO 63011

Voice: 

314-607-2361

Animals Deserve Better Inc

Email: kimberlyadb@aol.com

Paws for Life is a is one of the main focuses of the organization - of the animals that we rescue from high kill shelters about 30% are trained for service, therapy, assistance or facility work. Paws for Life provides children and adults with disabilities specially trained dogs. Those precious moments when you see a dog working with its handler, helping hear, helping assist and helping alert are treasured moments never forgotten. By saving a dog?s life and assisting a disabled child or adult to have a better quality of life, there can be nothing more profound or heartwarming. The program specializes in Autism, Multipurpose, Mobility, Seizure, Psychiatric, Hearing, Medical, Companion & Therapy Dogs. The Partnerships we create are truly Life Changing.

PAWS FOR LIFE - Service Dogs, P.O.Box 72016,
Marietta , GA 30007

Voice: 

770-402-0297

Assistance Dog Institute

Email: info@assistancedog.org

Research in improving the assistance dog industry. Has a 6 week program for individuals who want to become Assistance Dog trainers. Types of dogs trained: Service, Social/Therapy. Serves the United States.

1215 Sebastopol Rd.
Santa Rosa , CA 95407

Voice: 

707-545-3647

Fax: 

707-545-0800

Assistance Dogs for Living

Email: adl@marilynpona.com

4419 Butler Hill Road
St. Louis , MO 63128

Voice: 

314-892-0574

Fax: 

314-892-0574

Assistance Dogs of America, Inc.

Email: info@adai.org

Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. helps children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual's daily needs.

8806 State Route 64
Swanton , OH 43558

Voice: 

419-825-3622

Fax: 

419-825-3710

Assistance Dogs of the West

Through educational and vocational programs, Assistance Dogs of the West provides trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities in order to increase self-reliance and independence.

P.O. Box 31027
Santa Fe , NM 87594

Voice: 

505-986-9748

Toll Free: 

866-986-3489

Fax: 

505-986-9740

Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs, Inc.

Email: info@blueridgeassistancedogs.org

Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing specially selected and professionally trained Assistance Dogs and Social/Therapy Dogs to individuals with disabilities.

P.O. Box 229, 8900 Smith Lane
Manassas , VA 20108

Voice: 

703-369-5878

Fax: 

571-379-5911

C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs, Inc.

C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs, Inc. is a service dog provider organization serving greater St. Louis, MO. The service dogs and other programs are provided free-of-charge to qualifying individuals and organizations.

4910 Parker Rd.
Florissant , MO 63033

Voice: 

314-653-9466

Canine Assistance Partners Inc.

Email: CAP@anlol.org

Canine Assistance Partners is a non-profit agency dedicated to the training and provision of specifically qualified working dogs to assist physically and emotionally disabled individuals.

P. O. Box 3097
Eugene , OR 97403

Voice: 

541-946-1545

Fax: 

541-485-1545

Canine Assistants

Email: info@canineassistants.org

Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization, founded in 1991, which trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs.

3160 Francis Rd.
Milton , GA 30004

Voice: 

770-664-7178

Toll Free: 

800-771-7221

Fax: 

770-664-7820

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI is funded by private contributions and receives no government funding. There is no charge to the graduate for a CCI assistance dog.

The North Central Regional Center services 13 states, including the western half of Pennsylvania and part of Canada. Follow this link to the regional office webpages, www.caninecompanions.org/northcentral/index.html.

North Central Regional
4989 State Route 37 East
Delaware , OH 43015

Voice: 

740-548-4447

Toll Free: 

800-572-2275

Fax: 

740-363-0555

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI is funded by private contributions and receives no government funding. There is no charge to the graduate for a CCI assistance dog.

The Northeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence is responsible for graduates, puppy raisers, applicants and candidates, volunteers, donors and supporters in the states of Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Northern California and Nevada. Follow this link to the regional office webpages, www.caninecompanions.org/northeast/index.html.

Northeast Regional Training Facility, Miller Family Campus
286 Middle Island Road
Medford , NY 11763

Voice: 

631-561-0200

Toll Free: 

800-572-BARK (2275)

Fax: 

631-561-0230

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI is funded by private contributions and receives no government funding. There is no charge to the graduate for a CCI assistance dog.

The Northwest Region of Canine Companions for Independence is responsible for graduates, puppy raisers, applicants and candidates, volunteers, donors and supporters in the states of Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Northern California and Nevada. Throughout the region there are more than 1,000 dedicated CCI volunteers. Follow this link to the regional office webpages, www.caninecompanions.org/northwest/index.html.

Northwest Region
2965 Dutton Ave., P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa , CA 95407

Voice: 

707-577-1700

TTY: 

707-577-1756

Toll Free: 

800-572-2275

Fax: 

707-577-1711

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI is funded by private contributions and receives no government funding. There is no charge to the graduate for a CCI assistance dog.

The Southwest Region serves the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii. Follow this link to the regional office webpages, www.caninecompanions.org/southwest/index.html.

Southwest Region
124 Rancho del Oro Dr., P.O. Box 4568
Oceanside , CA 92057

Voice: 

760-901-4300

TTY: 

760-901-4326

Toll Free: 

800-572-2275

Fax: 

760-901-4350

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI is funded by private contributions and receives no government funding. There is no charge to the graduate for a CCI assistance dog.

The Southeast Regional Center services the eight states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Follow this link to the regional office webpages, www.caninecompanions.org/southeast/index.html.

Southeast Regional
8150 Clarcona Ocoee Rd.
Orlando , FL 32818

Voice: 

407-522-3300

Toll Free: 

800-572-2275

Fax: 

407-522-3347

Canine Hearing Companions, Inc.

Email: chchearDog@aol.com

247 E. Forest Grove Rd.
Vineland , NJ 08360

Voice: 

856-696-3668

TTY: 

856-696-3433

Canine Helpers for the Handicapped, Inc.

Email: chhdogs@aol.com

Canine Helpers for the Handicapped Inc. is a NON-PROFIT organization dedicated to training dogs to assist people with disabilities to lead more independent and secure lives.

5705 Ridge Rd.
Lockport , NY 14094

Voice: 

716-433-4035

Canine Partners For Life

Email: info@k94life.org

Canine Partners For Life (CPL) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, and residential companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities.

334 Faggs Manor Rd., P.O. Box 170
Cochranville , PA 19330

Voice: 

610-869-4902

Canine Partners of the Rockies, Inc.

Email: info@caninepartnersoftherockies.org

CaPR trains dogs to provide assistance to people who have limited mobility, from individuals who use wheelchairs to those requiring a steady four-legged partner to balance them as they walk. CaPR only places dogs with Colorado residents. People with muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, post polio syndrome, ataxia and other mobility limiting conditions may be eligible to receive a CaPR Service Dog Partner.

651 Potomac St., Ste. E
Aurora , CO 80011

Voice: 

303-364-9040

Canine Seizure Assist Society of North Carolina

Email: Csasnc@worldnet.att.net

This organization trains dogs to alert to seizures.

369 Cedar St.
Mooresville , NC 28115

Voice: 

704-663-1427

Canine Support Teams

Email: cstmain@caninesupportteams.org

Canine Support Teams (CST) is a California based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides specially trained dogs to people with disabilities other than blindness.

26500 Scott Rd,
Menifee , CA 92584

Voice: 

951-301-3625

TTY: 

California Relay

Fax: 

951-301-3605

Canine Working Companions, Inc.

Canine Working Companions, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enhances the daily lives of people with physical disabilities, hearing impairments, and learning challenges by breeding, training, and placing Hearing Dogs, Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs.

P.O. Box 2128
Syracuse , NY 13220

Voice: 

315-656-3301

Carolina Canine Companions

1961 White Oak Rd.
Camden , SC 29020

Voice: 

803-432-0004

Carolina Canines for Service, Inc.

Email: info@carolinacanines.org

This organization trains service dogs for people with disabilities.

P.O. Box 12643
Wilmington , NC 28405

Voice: 

910-362-8181

Toll Free: 

866-910-3647

Fax: 

910-362-8184

Circle Tail, Inc.

Email: info@circletail.org

Circle Tail is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located 30 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Circle Tail's mission is to provide high quality assistance dogs to people with mobility, hearing, neurologic or psychiatric disabilities.

8834 Carey Ln.
Pleasant Plain , OH 45162

Voice: 

513-877-3325

Fax: 

513-945-3349

Colorado Service Dogs, Inc.

Email: info@coloradoservicedogs.org

Colorado Services Dogs, Inc. (CSD) is a non-profit organization established to train and provide rescued dogs to assist people who have disabilities in leading more independent lives at work, at home and at school. These dogs become an extension of their owners and bring security, freedom, independence and relief from social isolation to their human partners.

3034 Quarterland St.
Strasburg , CO 80136

Voice: 

303-669-5916

Fax: 

303-857-5560

Companion Animal Association of Arizona

This group is committed to elderly and disabled persons with special needs relating to companion animals and the Human/Animal Bond through the Social Pet Therapy and Pet Grief Support programs.

P.O. Box 5006
Scottsdale , AZ 85261

Voice: 

602-258-3306

Discovery Dogs

Email: DiscoveryDogs@DiscoveryDogs.org

At Discovery Dogs, each person who desires the support of a trained assistance dog determines their own level of involvement in the training process. Some participants elect to receive a fully trained dog, while others enter the program with their own pet and receive individualized instruction in their dog's training. Discovery Dogs charges a fee for service, which is determined by each participant's level of involvement in the training process. Discovery Dogs works with clients who live within two hours of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Scholarships are occasionally available. Participants may choose to secure sponsorships from service groups, family, friends and other organizations to help defray training costs.

P.O. Box 582
Roseville , CA 95661

Voice: 

916-295-1828

Fax: 

916-520-3880

Dog Ears

Email: Tjatadogears@aol.com

This organization trains certified hearing dogs that alert their masters to sounds, danger or other auditory information, and home companion dogs that are fully trained hearing dogs that work only in the home.

Companion Dogs for the Hearing Impaired
4200 E. Britton Rd.
Oklahoma City , OK 73131

Voice: 

405-478-2303

Dog Ears and Paws

Email: info@dogearsandpaws.com

Dog Ears and Paws trains dogs to assist their human companions. They train many types of assistance dogs including dogs that provide emotional support. Dogs are also trained for pet therapy programs to be used by clinicians or in nursing homes and hospices. They also provide classes to help the people that are training their own dogs to assist them or a family member or friend.

5399 Enterprise St
Skyesville , MD 21784

Voice: 

410-655-2858

Dogs For Independence Inc. (DFI)

Email: info@dfiinc.org

Dogs For Independence, Inc. (DFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities in the metro-Milwaukee, Wisconsin area (within 50 miles of Milwaukee).

P.O. Box 71338
Shorewood , WI 53211

Voice: 

414-964-3341

Fax: 

414-962-9649

Dogs for the Deaf, Inc.

Email: info@dogsforthedeaf.org

This organization rescues and trains dogs to assist the Deaf with everyday things.

10175 Wheeler Rd.
Central Point , OR 97502

Voice: 

541-826-9220

Fax: 

541-826-6696

East Coast Assistance Dogs

Email: ECAD1@aol.com

Trains dogs to assist people with multiple disabilities.

P.O. Box 831
Torrington , CT 06790

Voice: 

860-489-6550

Fidos for Freedom, Inc.

Email: office@fidosforfreedom.org

Fidos For Freedom, Inc. is run by a group of volunteers who strive to increase the quality of life for people living in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan community through the use of hearing dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs.
The non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization is based in Laurel, Maryland.

1200 Sandy Spring Road
Laurel, , MD 20707

Voice: 

410-880-4178

TTY: 

301-490-4005

Fax: 

301-490-9061

Florida Dog Guides for the Deaf, Inc.

Email: adogs@floridadogguidesftd.org

This program trains hearing, service, and specialty dogs for Florida's Deaf.

2016 27th Street East, P.O. Box 20662
Bradenton , FL 32408

Voice: 

941-748-8245

TTY: 

941-748-8245

Toll Free: 

800-520-4589

Fax: 

941-747-0969

Freedom Service Dogs

Email: info@freedomservicedogs.org

Trains dogs to assist people with multiple disabilities.

2000 West Union Avenue
Englewood , CO 80110

Voice: 

303-922-6231

Fax: 

303-922-6234

Great Plains Assistance Dogs

Email: info@greatplainsdogs.com

Service Dogs for America is a 501(c)3 non-profit that trains dogs to assist people with various disabilities.

920 Short St., P.O. Box 513
Jud , ND 58454

Voice: 

701-685-2242

Toll Free: 

877-737-8364

Fax: 

701-685-2290

Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI)

Email: info@gdui.org

GDUI is a peer support network and membership organization which promotes acceptance of blind people and their guide dogs, works for enforcement, expansion and standardization of laws admitting guide dogs into public places, advocates for quality training and follow-up services, publishes an audio magazine, "Pawtracks". GDUI's free product catalog, which lists items available for sale, is available in braille, large print, cassette and IBM disk. Making Impressions: A Handbook for the Prospective Guide Dog Handler is available in alternative formats and is available free of charge in GDUI's 2003 catalog. Be sure to access their website or call the toll-free number to order books and for more information.

50 Barker Street, Apt #230
Mt. Kisco , NY 10549

Toll Free: 

866-799-8437

Handi-Dogs Inc.

Email: service@handi-dogs.org

Handi-Dogs, Inc. assistance dog training programs teaches people with disabilities how to train their own dogs to become assistance dogs.

Due to the nature of their business office hours vary. Please call to ensure that someone will be available to assist you.

Please do not bring your dog to the facility unless you have an appointment.

75 South Montego Drive
Tucson , AZ 85710

Voice: 

520-326-3412

Toll Free: 

866-398-4456

Fax: 

520-319-8186

Happy Tails Service Dogs, Inc.

Happy Tails is an educational program dedicated to teaching individuals with disabilities the skills they will need to train their own dogs to become service dogs.

1 W. Sequoia Dr.
Phoenix , AZ 85027

Voice: 

623-580-0946

Hawaii FI-DO

Email: hifido@hawaii.rr.com

Hawaii Fi-Do is a certified training organization which provides service dogs to people with disabilities other than blindness specializing in skilled dogs for autistic children.

P.O. Box 757
Kahuku , HI 96731

Voice: 

808-638-0200

Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota Can Do Canines

Email: info@hsdm.org

Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or disabled.

9440 Science Center Drive
New Hope , MN 55428

Voice: 

763-331-3000

Fax: 

763-331-3009

Helping Hands Monkey Helpers for the Disabled

Email: mail@monkeyhelpers.org

Trains capuchin monkeys to assist individuals with quadriplegia. Monkeys help with daily tasks such as retrieving dropped items, getting the person something to eat or drink, assisting in operation of radios, TV, etc., turning lights on and off, and many other tasks.

541 Cambridge
Boston , MA 02134

Voice: 

617-787-4419

Helping Paws

Email: info_general@helpingpaws.org

Helping Paws of Minnesota, Inc., is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to further the independence of individuals with physical disabilities (other than blindness or deafness) through the use of a service dog. As part of this mission, Helping Paws trains and places service dogs with individuals with disabilities in the state of Minnesota and surrounding areas.

P.O. Box 634
Hopkins , MN 55343

Voice: 

952-988-9359

Fax: 

952-988-9296

High Plains Service Dogs and Therapeutic Riding Center Association

Email: kim@hpsdtrc.org

High Plains Service Dogs and Therapeutic Ridding Center Association trains rescued shelter dogs to become service dogs for Oklahoman's with various needs, they save the dogs life and the dog goes on to aid its partner through life. They train dogs for Diabetics and other blood sugar disorders, Mobility needs (MS, MD, Parkinson's and more), Wheelchair assistance, Autism, Seizure Disorders, Severe Allergies and more. They train based on each individuals needs and match dogs specifically per the persons personality and daily needs.

Voice: 

405-234-7415

Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN)

Email: icandog@icandog.org

ICAN, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that trains and places assistance dogs with youth, adults and people with disabilities.

5610 Crawfordsville Road, Suite 2101
Indianapolis , IN 46224

Voice: 

317-250-6450

Fax: 

317-731-7361

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