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Service Animals

Assistance Dog Institute

1215 Sebastopol Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
707-545-DOGS (3647)
707-545-0800 fax
Web site:
Assistance dogs, social therapy-facilities dogs, home helpmates.

Assistance Dog United Campaign
1221 Sebastopol Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
800-284-DOGS (3647)
707-545-0800 fax
Web site:
Offers vouchers for assistance dogs, based on financial need.

Assistance Dog United Campaign

P.O. Box 2804
Rohnert Park, CA 94927-2804
(800) 284-DOGS
Fax: (707) 537-1952

Canine Companions for Independence
P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0446
(800) 572-2275
Fax: (707) 577-1711
Web site:
Assistance dogs, hearing dogs, skilled companion dogs, and facility team dogs.

Canine Companions for Independence
4989 St. Rt. 37 E.
Delaware, OH 43015
(740) 548-4447
(740) 363-0555 fax

Canine Companions for Independence
(Chicago Satellite Office)
P.O. Box 41
Woodstock, IL 60098
(847) 816-7360
Fax: (847) 816-7361

Delta Society
289 Perimeter Road E.
Renton, WA 98055-1329
(800) 869-6898
Fax: (206) 808-7601
Web site:
Dog assistance referral program with national directory, many resources; also Pet Partner Volunteer Program.

Fidos for Freedom
P.O. Box 5508
Laurel, MD 20726
(410) 880-4178
Fax: (301) 776-7749
Web site:
Assistance dogs, hearing dogs.

Freedom Service Dogs
P.O. Box 150217
Lakewood, CO 80215
(303) 234-9512
Fax: (303) 237-3878.
Assistance dogs for physically disabled only - no hearing or guide dogs.

Dogs for the Deaf
In 27 years, DFD has rescued and placed over 2,500 dogs in homes as Hearing Dogs, Special Needs Dogs, or Career Change Dogs. One out of four rescued dogs makes it as a Hearing Dog; the others are provided complete medical and health care, and in some cases, training, and adopted to good homes as pets or placed in other "jobs."

Paws With a Cause
4646 S. Division
Wayland, MI 49348
(800) 253-7297
Fax: (616) 877-0248
Web site:
Assistance dogs, seizure response dogs, and hearing dogs.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(800)942-0149 or 914-245-4024
Fax: (914)245-1609

Leader Dogs For The Blind

P.O. Box 5000
Rochester, MI 48308
(248) 651-9011, or toll free (888)777-5332
Web site:

Pilot Dogs, Inc.

625 W. Town St.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-6367
Seeing Eye, Inc.
P.O. Box 375
Morristown, NJ 07963-0375
(973) 539-4425
Fax: (973) 539-0922
Web site:

Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

4210 77th St. East
Palmetto, FL 34221
(941) 729-5665
Fax (941) 729-6646
Web Site:

Pet Bereavement
It's comforting to remember there are people who care about the loss of your pet. Loss of a pet is no less painful than the loss of a person. Volunteers and counselors have experienced losses of their own little critters and they empathize enough to provide support to others. Our cats, dogs, and others are our full-fledged family members who mean the world to us, because of their unconditional love and good company. They're worth all the early wake-up calls, hairballs and walks in inclement weather! Should you suffer the loss of your pet, remember, you're not alone.


PetFriends, a national, volunteer-staffed, 24-hour hotline: (800) 404-PETS.

Pet Loss Hotline:
University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, staffed by counselors and veterinary students from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. (916) 752-4200.

What to Do When a Loved One Dies, by San Diego author Eva Shaw, with a chapter on pet loss. This book is available in bookstores or through Dickens Press: (714) 725-0788.

(There are many fine books written on pet bereavement. Check your local bookseller.)

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