Doing What’s Needed

Through Community Education, we strive to provide awareness to businesses and individuals about service dogs and their access rights in the community. This is one of our key areas of focus, and an essential resource for our community.

Businesses looking for Service Dog Access Training for their staff:  Click here to complete a presentation request.



Canines for Service cannot provide legal advice regarding assistance dogs and access laws.  The following information is provided for reference only.  


Americans with Disabilities Act: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act a service animal is defined as follows:
"Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition (reference"
Information on 
Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals is also available on the ADA website. 

For information about the ADA and public access, visit the ADA Website or contact the ADA Hotline at 1-800-514-0301.


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