Service Dog Resources

Dogs For the Blind


Guide Dogs for the Blind:

Southwest Guide Dog Foundation, San Antonio TX:

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, P.O. Box 142, Bloomfield,CT 06002. 203-243-5200

Guide Dog Foundation, 371 Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, New York 11787. 516-265-2121

Hearing and Signal Dogs

Other dogs are trained to assist deaf people, with varying degrees of impairment. They alert their owner to a variety of sounds, usually by coming up to the person and going back to the source of the sound. They will signal on door bell and knocking, phones, smoke alarms, crying babies and much more. In the US, they enjoy the same rights of access as guide dogs and are to be permitted anywhere, although since they are not as widely recognized, their owners often have to display an identification card even though this is not legally required (cf the U.S. ADA legislation).


CCI (see below)

American Humane Association

5351 S. Roslyn Street, Englewood, Colorado 80111. 303-779-1400

Audio Dogs

27 Crescent Street, Brooklyn, New York 11208. 212-827-2792

Dogs for the Deaf

10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR, 97502. 800-990-DOGS, fax 541-826-6696.

Website:, email

Guide Dog Foundation

371 Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, New York 11787. 516-265-2121

International Hearing Dog, Inc.,

Martha Foss (current president and Director),, //

NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Service)

San Francisco SPCA, Hearing Dog Program

2500 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. 415-554-3020.

Sound Companions

contact Connie Kniseley at (serves the mid-Atlantic states in the US).

Handi-Dogs, Inc.

PO Box 12563, Tucson, Arizona 85732. 602-326-3412 or 602-325-6466

The National Information Center on Deafness at Gallaudet University, publishes a fact sheet on hearing ear dogs. It can be obtained by sending $1.00 to NICD, Gallaudet University, 800 Flordia Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002. The fact sheet discusses commonly asked questions about hearing ear dogs and it lists training programs across the U.S.

Assistance Dogs

Here is a large and varied category of dogs who assist their owners in ways other than the traditional guide dogs or hearing dogs do. These dogs might help pick things up, open and close doors, pull wheelchairs, and dozens of other physical assistance tasks.


Assistance Dog Providers in the United States by Carla Stiverson & Norm Pritchett.

Pflaumer, Sharon Seizure-alert dogs Dog World 77(l): 42-43, January 1992

The article says you can contact Reina Berner, The Epilepsy Institute, 67 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003 where a program of seizure -alerting dogs is being developed.


Assistance Dogs International (see below)

Canine Companions for Independence (see below)

Canine Helpers for the Handicapped Inc

Beverly Underwood, 5705 Ridge Rd, Lockport, NY 14094. (716)433-4035, voice/tty

Canine Working Companions, Inc

Pat McNamara, Director, RD 2 Box 170. Gorton Lake Road. Waterville, NY 13480. (315)861-7770 voice/tdd

East Coast Assistance Dogs

West Granby CT;

Independence Dogs, Inc.

146 State Line Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. 610-358-2723 Phone; 610-358-5314 Fax:

National Eduction for Assistance Dog Service (NEADS) (see below)

Canine Companions for Independence

CCI was founded in 1975. They estimate that each of their dogs takes about $20,000 to train, a cost covered by donations and volunteer work. It is a national-wide organization with many regional chapters.

National Headquarters – P.O. Box 446, 2965 Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0446.
707-577-1700 voice; 707-577-1756 TDD; email:

SW Regional Center – PO Box 4568, Oceanside CA 92052. 760-754-3300 Voice; 760-754-3308 TDD

NC Regional Center – 4989 State Route 37 East, Delaware, OH 43015-9682. 614-548-4447 V/TDD

NW Regional Center – 1215 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95407-6834. 707-579-1985 V/TDD

SE Regional Center – P.O. Box 547511, Orlando, FL 32854-7511. 407-834-2555 V/TDD

NE Regional Center – P.O. Box 205, Farmingdale, NY 11735-0205. 516-694-6938 V/TDD

This organization is involved in training dogs to assist handicapped people. They train signal dogs for the deaf, and dogs for physically disabled or developmentally disabled persons.

Therapy Dogs

Dogs are quite often used in therapy. Typically this involves visiting hospitals, care facilities, nursing homes, etc. to cheer up patients. There are a variety of groups that train therapy dogs, some local and some national. Some use the AKC Canine Good Citizen test to choose suitable dogs, others have devised their own Temperament Tests. You should note that therapy dogs ARE NOT considered BY LAW in the United States to have the same status as SERVICE DOGS. Service dogs directly assist their handicapped owners with daily tasks in some fashion; therapy dogs are handled by their owners to assist others at specific times, such as visits to a facility. Thus laws mandating access for service dogs, who must accompany their owners do not apply to dogs who need not be with their owners at all times but rather work at specific locations.


A national organization that dispenses information about therapy dogs is the Delta Society, 289 Perimeter Rd. East, Renton WA 98055-1329, vox: 206-226-7357, tty: 800-809-2714; or via email:

They put out a magazine called Interactions as well.

Another well-regarded organization is Therapy Dogs International (TDI) and they may be reached at

In addition many local humane societies, breed clubs, and obedience clubs do some hospital visitation.