Finding a Service Dog for Your Child’s Needs

Have a child with vision impairment, hearing impairment or autism? Consider a service dog. Here are a few of many service dog organizations to check out.

Have a child with special needs or who could use assistance due to a disability? Service dogs can be a great option to offer guidance, support and even opportunities for more independence. If you’re wondering where to get service dogs, browse this list of service dog organizations and see if they fit your need. You can read more on how to get a service dog here, or contact the organizations below.

4 Paws for Ability

  • Contact: 937-374-0385, karen4paws@aol.com
  • Services: Hearing assistance dogs, mobility assistance dogs, autism assistance dogs, diabetic alert dogs, guide dogs, multipurpose assist dogs

Alert Service Dogs

Angel Service Dogs

  • Contact: Via website
  • Services: Anaphylactic allergy service dogs

Assistance Dogs International

Autism Service Dogs of America

Canine Angels Service Teams

  • Contact: 888-K9-ANGLS or 541-846-6400, info@canine-angels.org
  • Services: Service dogs for children as young as 5

Canine Assistants

  • Contact: 800-771-7221
  • Services: Medical response dogs and service assistance dogs

Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

  • Contact: 914-693-0600 ext. 1950, info@ecad1.org
  • Services: Autism service dogs and service dogs for individuals with disabilities (except visual or hearing impaired)

Leader Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

Little Angels Service Dogs

  • Contact: 800-528-9550, servicedoginfo@yahoo.com
  • Services: Autism assistance dogs, hearing assistance dogs, psychiatric service dogs, seizure alert dogs

Paws With a Cause (PAWS)

  • Contact: 248-619-9201 (southeast Michigan), 800-253-7297 (national headquarters), paws@pawswithacause.org
  • Services: Service dogs for children with autism, hearing assistance dogs, seizure response dogs, more

Service Dogs for America

  • Contact: 701-685-2242
  • Services: Seizure and diabetes alert dogs, mobility dogs, dogs for individuals with PTSD (must be at least 12)

The Seeing Eye

  • Contact: 973-539-4425, info@SeeingEye.org
  • Services: Guide dogs for visually impaired (must be at least 16)

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