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4 Paws for Ability: 4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children, and assistance to their families. And 4 Paws also works with veterans from recent conflicts who’ve lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat.
ADA Business BRIEF: Service Animals - Poster: Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities - such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets. [U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section]
Canine Partners for Life:

For 25 years, Canine Partners for Life (CPL) has been dedicated to training service dogs (including various types of medical alert dogs) and home/residential/courthouse companion dogs, to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical, neurological and cognitive disabilities.

CPL was founded in 1989 by Darlene Sullivan, a former special education instructor and animal trainer. The organization flourished, and in 1997, CPL purchased a 45-acre property in Cochranville, PA and expanded further.

Today, the facilities include an office building for a staff of  28, a state of the art kennel and a training center. To date, CPL has placed over 600 service and companion dogs in over 45 states.

Canine Partners for Life is a recognized and highly respected leader in the assistance dog industry. It was one of the first service dog organizations in the world to be accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

The total cost to raise, train, place, and provide lifetime support for each CPL dog is estimated to be more than $30,000 per dog. The organization utilizes a sliding scale based on income to determine the suggested donation for each recipient, ranging from $1,000 – $3,000. No one is denied a canine partner because of their inability to donate this amount.

Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business: Answers to commonly asked questions about service animals in places of business published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section.
DOJ - Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA:

Many people with disabilities use a service animal in order to fully participate in everyday life. Dogs can be trained to perform many important tasks to assist people with disabilities, such as providing stability for a person who has difficulty walking, picking up items for a person who uses a wheelchair, preventing a child with autism from wandering away, or alerting a person who has hearing loss when someone is approaching from behind.

The Department of Justice continues to receive many questions about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals. The ADA requires State and local government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations (covered entities) that provide goods or services to the public to make "reasonable modifications" in their policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to accommodate people with disabilities. The service animal rules fall under this general principle. Accordingly, entities that have a "no pets" policy generally must modify the policy to allow service animals into their facilities. This publication provides guidance on the ADA's service animal provisions and should be read in conjunction with the publication ADA Revised Requirements: Service Animals. [Department of Justice website].


DRM Fact Sheet - Service Animals:

The Montana Human Rights Act and other state law, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal Fair Housing Act, and the 1973 Rehabilitation Act protect the right of persons with disabilities to use service animals to aid them in various settings. [September 2011].

Mental Health Service Animals: Heeling Allies privately trains Mental Health Service Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, and Skilled Companion Dogs that enrich the lives of qualified individuals living with certain psychological, neurological, and developmental impairments. Heeling Allies is located in Seattle WA, and trains Mental Health Dogs for individuals nationally.
Montana Supreme Court - McDonald vs. DEQ: The Montana Supreme Court found that McDonald, a person with a qualified disability, was entitled to a reasonable accommodation so that she could use her service animal effectively in the workplace. The Court found her requested accommodation of nonskid floor coverings was not beyond the scope of the employers duty under the Montana Human Rights Act (MHRA). [June 17, 2009]
NSAR - National Service Animal Registry: Since 1995, National Service Animal Registry (NSAR) has actively trained, facilitated, and worked with service dogs, emotional support animals, therapy animals, and drug detection animals. They first operated in southeast Tennessee, working closely with various county justice and sheriff's departments training and coordinating the use of drug detection dogs. Through their experiences with the public, they quickly became aware of the profound need for service dogs and emotional support animals for people with emotional impairments. These impairments or disabilities included people with balance problems, difficulty hearing, diabetes, asthma, panic disorders, seizures, and more.
Recovery Animals: You probably know or have read about incredibly strong bonds between a human and an animal. We know that when dogs have a job to do they often exhibit behaviors that seem extraordinary. Like humans, when asked to do more than you feel is possible, you can truly amaze youself. Expectation of success fuels the process. This site is dedicated to three specific categories of animals who work with their handlers in very specific ways: emotional support animals, therapy animals, and service animals.
Service Animals for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Dogs are not just pets. They can be lifesavers for those with physical disabilities– ranging from epilepsy, major physical injury, and even rheumatoid arthritis. These smart animals are capable of physically helping millions of disabled people to perform everyday tasks while providing emotional support as well.
Service Animals Welcome! Poster: Service Animal Welcome! poster [DBTAC Rocky Mountain ADA Center]
The Life-Changing Impact of Autism Service Dogs: Anyone who has a medical diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorder may qualify for a service dog depending on their needs. In the U.S., most organizations training and placing autism service dogs focus on matching dogs to families with autistic children. You can learn more by contacting your state’s disability services, or reaching out to service dog programs in your area.