A service dog helps a person with a disability to lead a more independent life. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service dog is “a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.”
“Disability” is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including people with history of such an impairment, and people perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.
A service dog is trained to take a specific action that helps an individual with a disability participate in daily life more fully. The task the dog performs is directly related to the person’s disability.
To qualify for one of our service dogs, you will need to fill out and application and provide written documentation from your healthcare provider that you have PTSD or a disability and require the assistance of an animal because of it.
The work a dog has been trained to do must specifically relate to your condition. Training a service dog yourself can be difficult and can take years.
Our dogs are raised and trained by local puppy parents.
When the dog is 2+ years old and ready to “move on”, he is matched with his new owner and our trainers go through intensive education, training and testing to prepare him and his new owner for success.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put SERVICE DOG REQUEST in the subject line. We will email you an application. <3