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Service Dogs & Animals

Service animals have been trained to perform specific tasks that assist people with disabilities. Dogs are the most common service animals, assisting people in many different ways since at least 1927. Both the U.S. Department of Justice and states have laws based on the ADA pertaining to the rights of people that require the support of a service dog.


Helping Hands Monkey Helpers For The Disabled

Helping Hands Monkey Helpers is a non-profit organization that helps adults with a spinal cord injury live more independent and engaged lives.

Canine Companions For Independence – Highly Trained Assistance Dogs

Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs.

Canines With A Cause – Service Dogs For Veterans In Utah

Canines With a Cause trains shelter dogs to heal emotional and psychological wounds, provide unconditional love and support for Veterans.

Service Dogs – Texas Disability Law

Visit Website Texas The State of Texas has defined laws that pertain to the rights of individuals who require the support of a service dog. Requires public facilities and common transportation carriers to admit a person with a disability accompanied by a service [...]

Service Dogs for America – Training & Placement of Service Dogs In North Dakota

Service Dogs for America facilitates specialized training, education, and placement of service dogs to individuals with a disability.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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