Service Dogs for Special Needs
We get a lot of people asking about where they can find a service dog for special needs. We’ve compiled a list of resources from our clients who have experience with service dogs for special needs.
Websites & Resources
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly-trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has training centers in California, Florida, Ohio and New York. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, call 1-800-572-BARK or visit www.cci.org
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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. The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.
Toll-free: 1-800-572-BARK (2275)
The mission of MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs is to train and place high caliber service dogs of all types to adults and children with disabilities in order to help them gain greater independence. We are committed to providing service dogs to the person in need and remaining a support resource throughout the working life of the team, while also increasing public awareness about the different types of disabilities and service dogs, and how these dogs assist their partners.
Here at MADE, we believe that acquiring an assistance dog should be easy, both financially and emotionally. Those with disabilities have enough to deal with in their day-to-day lives and therefore should not have to struggle to find and pay for a well-trained service dog to make their lives a little less difficult.
MADE trains mobility assistance dogs, PTSD assistance dogs, autism assistance dogs, and diabetic alert dogs (DADs). We also assist in the training of facility dogs.
We at MADE dedicate our time to Making Assistance Dogs Easy for individuals with disabilities because the numbers don’t lie – there is a statistically huge portion of the American population living with one or more disabilities, and we train service dogs to help these adults and children enjoy more independent lives.