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

American Service Dog Association

Email: info@americanservicedog.com

American Service Dog Association is a nonprofit organization of professional dog trainers, dedicated to the training and placement of service dogs.

988 Barbizon Drive
Manchester , MO

Voice: 

314-609-5835

Animals Deserve Better Inc

Email: kimberly@animalsdeservebetter.org

Animals Deserve Better, Inc. specializes in orphaned babies, pregnant mums and special needs cases.

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.

3100 Roswell Road, Suite 125
Marietta , GA 30062

Voice: 

770-402-0297

Assistance Dogs of America, Inc.

Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI) helps individuals with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual’s daily needs.

5605 Monroe Street
Swanton , OH 43560

Voice: 

419-885-5733

Toll Free: 

866-885-5733

Fax: 

419-882-4813

Assistance Dogs of the West

Email: info@assistancedogsofthewest.org

Assistance Dogs of the West (ADW) builds successful working partnerships between clients and dogs that empower people and open doors to new opportunities.

P.O. Box 31027
Santa Fe , NM 87594

Voice: 

505-986-9748

Toll Free: 

866-986-3489

Fax: 

505-989-9640

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

C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs, Inc., is a nonprofit organization which places skilled service dogs with people who have disabilities to help them lead lives of greater independence, and places facility dogs with professionals who utilize their dogs' special skills in healthcare facilities, courthouses, and children’s advocacy centers.

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 so that they may obtain a greater degree of personal freedom, independence, and self-reliance.

P. O. Box 3097
Eugene , OR 97403

Voice: 

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 serves 13 and a half states: everything west of Pittsburgh, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The North Central Region also serves our graduate teams living in eastern Canada.

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

Voice: 

740-833-3700

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 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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

Voice: 

631-561-0200

Toll Free: 

800-572-2275

Fax: 

631-561-0230

Canine Companions for Independence

Founded in 1975, 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. There are various locations in the U.S.

Northwest Region
2965 Dutton Ave., P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa , CA 95402-0446

Voice: 

866-224-3647

Toll Free: 

800-572-2275

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, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii.

Southwest Region
124 Rancho del Oro Dr.
Oceanside , CA 92057

Voice: 

760-901-4300

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.

Southeast Regional
8150 Clarcona Ocoee Rd.
Orlando , FL 32818

Voice: 

407-522-3300

Toll Free: 

800-572-2275

Fax: 

407-522-3347

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.

5699 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.

P.O. Box 170
Cochranville , PA 19330

Voice: 

610-869-4902

Fax: 

610-869-9785

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 Support Teams

Email: cstmain@caninesupportteams.org

Canine Support Teams' mission is to provide specially trained dogs to persons with disabilities to support their personal, social, and occupational independence.

26500 Scott Rd,
Menifee , CA 92584

Voice: 

951-301-3625

Carolina Canines for Service, Inc.

Email: information@caninesforservice.org

Carolina Canines for Service, Inc's mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life through the services of specially trained assistance dogs.

221 Old Dairy Road, Unit 1
Wilmington , NC 28405

Voice: 

910-362-8181

Circle Tail, Inc.

Email: info@circletail.org

Circle Tail's mission is to provide service and hearing dogs for people with disabilities at no cost to the individual. They also promote the human-canine bond in their community by providing low cost dog training services, educational programs, and Pet First Aid classes. Circle Tail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located near Cincinnati, Ohio.

8834 Carey Ln.
Pleasant Plain , OH 45162

Voice: 

513-877-3325

Fax: 

513-449-2992

Companion Animal Association of Arizona

Email: info@caaainc.org

CAAA continues its commitment to elderly and disabled persons with special needs relating to companion animals and the Human/Animal Bond. This commitment is made through Social Pet Therapy and Pet Grief Support programs as well as other support for this special needs community. To accomplish these goals, CAAA maintains a network of community volunteers and has a cooperative working relationship with agencies, community organizations, and veterinarians throughout the state.​

P.O. Box 5006
Scottsdale , AZ 85261-5006

Voice: 

602-258-3306

Dogs for the Deaf, Inc.

Email: info@dogsforbetterlives.org

Dogs for Better Lives is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Central Point, Oregon. Certified professional staff train and place Assistance Dogs with individuals who experience deafness; with children who are on the autism spectrum; and with professionals such as teachers, physicians, and licensed therapists whose students and clients can benefit from the dogs’ calming presence.

10175 Wheeler Rd.
Central Point , OR 97502

Voice: 

541-826-9220

Toll Free: 

800-990-3647

Fax: 

541-826-6696

Duo Dogs

Email: info@duodogs.org

Duo Dogs is a national not-for-profit organization that trains and connects dogs with people to cultivate positive change in individuals, families, and communities.

10955 Linpage Place
St. Louis , MO 63132

Voice: 

314-997-2325

Fax: 

314-997-7202

East Coast Assistance Dogs

Email: info@ecad1.org

East Coast Assistance Dogs' mission is to enable people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through the use of specially educated dogs.

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
301-490-4005

Fax: 

301-490-9061

Florida Dog Guides for the Deaf, Inc.

Email: floridadogguides@gmail.com

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

2016 27th Street East,
Bradenton , FL 32408

Voice: 

941-748-8245

Freedom Service Dogs

Email: info@freedomservicedogs.org

Trains dogs to assist people with multiple disabilities such as autism, traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy (MD), Down syndrome, cerebral palsy (CP), spinal cord injuries, and more.

7193 S Dillon Ct
Englewood , CO 80112

Voice: 

303-922-6231

Great Plains Assistance Dogs

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

Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI)

Guide Dog Users Inc., (GDUI), is the leading consumer-driven organization of guide dog handlers in the world. GDUI is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and is a founding member of the Coalition of Assistance Dog Organizations (CADO).

Drawing on the experiences and varied knowledge of its members, GDUI provides peer support, advocacy and information to guide dog users everywhere. In addition, GDUI works with public entities, private businesses and individuals to ensure that guide dog users enjoy the same rights to travel, employment, housing, and participation in all aspects of life that people without disabilities enjoy.

3603 Morgan Way
Imperial , MO 63052

Toll Free: 

866-799-8436

Handi-Dogs Inc.

Email: Service@Handi-Dogs.org

Handi-Dogs, Inc. a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that is dedicated to helping older adults and people with disabilities gain independence and improve their quality of life through specialized training of dogs and to advocate about the important role of service dogs.

75 South Montego Drive
Tucson , AZ 85710

Voice: 

520-326-3412

Happy Tails Service Dogs, Inc.

Happy Tails Service Dogs is a 501(c )3 nonprofit organization that teaches persons with physical disabilities how to train their dog to be a service dog as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

1 W. Sequoia Dr.
Phoenix , AZ 85027

Voice: 

623-580-0946

Hawaii FI-DO

Email: info@hawaiifido.org

Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs is a small 501(c)3 non profit corporation built with volunteers from the ground up. They provide service dogs to people with disabilities other than blindness.

P.O. Box 757
Kahuku , HI 96731

Voice: 

808-638-0200

Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota Can Do Canines

Email: info@can-do-canines.org

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.

9440 Science Center Drive
New Hope , MN 55428

Voice: 

763-331-3000

Fax: 

763-331-3009

Helping Hands Monkey Helpers for the Disabled

Email: info@monkeyhelpers.org

Helping Hands Monkey Helpers is a non-profit organization that helps adults with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments live more independent and engaged lives. They do this by providing clients, free of charge, with a unique service animal: a highly trained capuchin monkey to help with their daily tasks.

541 Cambridge Street
Boston , MA 02134

Voice: 

617-787-4419

Helping Paws

Helping Paws is a leading nonprofit organization that breeds, trains, and places assistance dogs with people who have physical disabilities and veterans and first responders with PTSD.

630 12th Avenue South 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: 

317-672-3860

Fax: 

317-731-7361

International Hearing Dog, Inc.

International Hearing Dog Inc. rescues shelter dogs to assist persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, with and without multiple disabilities, at no cost to the recipient.

5901 E. 89th Ave.
Henderson , CO 80640

Voice: 

303-287-3277

Fax: 

303-287-3425

Kings Valley Collies

Email: leslie@kingsvalleycollies.com

This organization breeds, raises and trains Collies for service to people with disabilities.

39968 Ward Rd,
Kings Valley , OR 97361

Voice: 

541-760-6564

KSDS

Email: ksds@ksds.org

KSDS provides guide dogs for the visually impaired, service dogs to assist individuals with physical disabilities, and facility dogs that assist professionals in the field of education, counseling, healthcare, retirement, or the legal system.

120 W. 7th Street
Washington , KS 66968

Voice: 

785-325-2256

Leashes for Living

Email: Terri@leashesforliving.org

A program that teaches you, to teach your dog and become a magnificent Service Dog Team.

P.O. Box 126
Mendota , IL 61342

Voice: 

623-393-8481 - Office
815-293-7415 - Main

Liberty Assistance Dogs, Inc.

Email: ladi@libertydanes.com

LADI is non-profit 501-(c)(3) organization that provides assistance dogs for persons with disabilities and trains people to train their own assistance dogs.

Voice: 

573-220-3034

National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS)

NEADS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1976 and has trained over 1,800 Service Dog teams since its founding. NEADS is accredited by Assistance Dogs International, the internationally recognized governing body that establishes industry standards and practices.

NEADS offers the widest array of Service Dog programs in the industry, while still holding true to their core mission of producing Service Dogs for individuals with disabilities.

305 Redemption Rock Trail South P.O. Box 1100
Princeton , MA 01541

Voice: 

978-422-9064 Voice or TDD

Fax: 

978-422-3255

New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc.

Email: info@nhsdi.org

New Horizons Service Dogs is a non-profit 501(c)(3)organization that partners trained dogs with the disabled, mostly in the area of wheelchair and mobility assistance.

1590 Laurel Park Ct.
Orange City , FL 32763

Voice: 

386-456-0408

Fax: 

386-456-0409

Northern Indiana Service Dogs

Email: info@northernindianaservicedogs.com

Northern Indiana Service Dogs train their dogs to work in the following areas: Mobility assistance, autism, seizure and PTSD.

Paws As Loving Support (PALS) Assistance Dogs

Email: info@pawsaslovingsupport.org

Paws As Loving Support (PALS) Assistance Dogs is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the human/animal bond by providing specially trained:

Service PALS help children with disabilities, including Autism and Downs syndrome, mobility and psychiatric impairments.

Facility PALS assist professionals working with children with special needs.

Courthouse PALS provide emotional support and comfort to victims and witnesses of violent crimes before, during and at the conclusion of a trial.

7580 Covey Road
Forestville , CA 95436

Voice: 

707-887-7257

Paws With A Cause

Email: paws@pawswithacause.org

Paws With A Cause enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained assistance dogs.

National Headquarters
4646 S. Division
Wayland , MI 49348

Voice: 

616-877-7297

Fax: 

616-877-0248

Paws'itive Teams

Email: paws@pawsteams.org

Paws'itive Teams, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in California, provides service dogs for persons with disabilities, enabling these persons to live more independent lives and to achieve an enhanced quality of life. They custom train service dogs to meet the specific needs of the individual and provide lifetime team support following placement. All placements are limited to San Diego County.

7031 Carroll Road
San Diego , CA 92121

Voice: 

858-558-7297

Prison Pet Partnership Program

Email: info@prisonpetpartnership.org

Prison Pet Partnership (PPP) gives inmates the opportunity to learn valuable pet care vocational skills to use in finding employment when they resume their lives outside of prison. To ensure that they receive ample experience in the pet care industry, inmate employees are required to spend a minimum of two years with the organization.

PPP takes in rescue dogs and purpose-bred puppies from other service dog organizations to train and place as service and therapy dogs. Their service dogs are able to respond to the needs of individuals who experience seizures, those who live with various illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis, and those who have multiple disabilities by assisting them in their daily activities and giving them increased independence.

9601 Bujacich Road NW
Gig Harbor , WA 98332

Voice: 

253-858-4240

Fax: 

258-858-4202

Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dogs

Email: info@saintfrancisdogs.org

Saint Francis places professionally trained service dogs to assist people with a wide range of disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, joint and/or muscular diseases, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, paralysis, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other conditions.

8232 Enon Drive PO BOX 19538
Roanoke , VA 24019

Voice: 

540-342-3647

Fax: 

540-342-0906

Sterling Service Dogs

Email: sterlingservicedogs@gmail.com

Sterling Service Dogs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disabled children and adults achieve greater safety and independence through partnership with a highly trained service dog.

3715 E. Fifteen Mile Rd.
Sterling Heights , MI 48310

Voice: 

586-883-2810

Fax: 

586-977-0079

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