Assistance-Dog Organizations

By Friends & Neighbors September 15, 2017 21:34

Read about Andy’s journey from puppy-in-training to guide dog in Readers’ Journal and in FAN’s Autumn 2017 issue, available at these locations.

Many service groups are working to connect people who have medical and emotional needs with service and companion animals. A sampling of groups is listed below.

Dogs for the Visually Impaired

Guide Dogs for the Blind 1-800-295-4050,

The Seeing Eye (973) 539-4425,

Other Assistance Dogs

America’s VetDogs provides hearing, service, seizure-response, PTSD-service and guide dogs to veterans, active-duty military members and first responders. 1-866-838-3647,

Canine Companions for Independence provides hearing, service, facility and skilled-companion dogs to people with disabilities. 1-800-572-2275,

Canine Partners for Life provides service, companion and cardiac-, diabetes- and seizure-alert dogs. (610) 869-4902,

Dogs for Diabetics places dogs with insulin-dependent diabetics. (925) 246-5785,

Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. provides hearing and autism- and program-assistance dogs. (541) 826-9220,

Paws with a Cause provides service, hearing, seizure-alert and autism-assistance dogs. 1-800-253-7297,

Silver Paw Ranch pairs service dogs with disabled veterans dealing with PTSD and other medical issues. (209) 754-8458,

Therapy Dogs International evaluates and registers therapy dogs for visits to care homes and other facilities. (973) 252-9800,

Information and Accreditation

Service Dog Central ( has information ranging from red flags to watch for when researching service dog organizations to service animal-related educational resources.

Assistance Dogs International ( and International Guide Dog Federation ( list service dog organizations which have met their accreditation standards.


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