"HELPER ANIMALS" RESOURCES!
ANIMALS FOR THE BLIND:

Leader Dogs for the Blind
1039 S. Rochester Road
Rochester, MI  48307
Phone:  888-777-5332  OR  248-651-9011  
Website:  www.leaderdog.org
Founded by three Detroit-area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers 
people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel, 
opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight. Thanks to the generosity of our 
dedicated supporters, all programs are provided free to clients, including meals and housing during 
training, travel and equipment.  Leader Dog programs are crafted to address individual situations and 
adapt to our clients’ changing needs at any point in their lives. From youth camp to orientation and 
mobility cane training through guide dog training and GPS technology integration, Leader Dog’s 
programs give clients the confidence and skills they need to live independent lives.


Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49340
Phone: 616-877-7297
AND
S.E. Michigan Regional Office
1328 Wheaton
Troy, MI 48083
Phone: 248-619-9201
Website:  www.pawswithacause.org
Trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with Deafness, Seizures, Blindness, in wheelchairs, 
or with mental disabilities. Please contact them to see if you qualify for a specially-trained dog.  
There is no charge to qualified applicants!


Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind, Inc.
371 East Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown,,  NY  11787-2796
Phone:  631-930-9000  OR  800-548-4337
Email:  info@guidedog.org
Website:  www.guidedog.org
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind’s headquarters and 8 acre campus are located on Long Island, 
near New York City. We currently have regional staff based in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Virginia 
and North Carolina, and the list is growing. We service all of the United States, Canada and Mexico 
and currently also have graduates from Brazil, Israel and El Salvador.


KSDS Inc.
120 W. 7th Street
Washington,  KS  66968
Phone:  785-325-2256
Email:  ksds@ksds.org
Website:  www.ksds.org
KSDS specializes in promoting independence and inclusion of individuals who are visually impaired 
or physically disabled, by providing highly-trained canine assistance and support. We also provide 
facility dogs for professionals who need canine assistance in their respective fields. KSDS is fully-
accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Guide Dogs For The Blind
National Headquarters:
P.O. Box 151200
San Rafael, CA 94915
Phone: 800- 295-4050 
California Campus:
350 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415-499-4000 
Oregon Campus:
32901 S.E. Kelso Road
Boring, OR 97009
Phone:  503-668-2100
Website:  www.guidedogs.com
GDB creates exceptional partnerships between highly trained guide dogs and people who are blind 
or visually impaired. We offer a lifetime of support and all of our services are provided free of charge.


Guide Dogs Of America
13445 GlenOaks Blvd.
Sylmar,  CA  91342
Phone:  818-362-5834
Email:  mail@guidedogsofamerica.org
Website:  www.guidedogsofamerica.org
Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind 
and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada.


Guiding Eyes For The Blind
Headquarters and Training Center
611 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights,  NY  10598
Phone:  800-942-0149  OR   914-245-4024
Website:  www.guidingeyes.org
AND
Canine Development Center
361 Route 164
Patterson, NY 12563
Phone:  866-GEB-LABS
Guiding Eyes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides superbly bred and trained guide 
dogs to men and women who are blind or visually impaired. Dogs not suited for guide work may 
become service dogs for children on the autism spectrum. All Guiding Eyes dogs expand horizons 
for people to achieve life’s goals.  All services are offered free of charge to people who are blind or 
visually impaired and to families with children with autism.



ANIMALS FOR THE DEAF: 

Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI  49340
Phone:  616-877-7297
AND
S.E. Michigan Regional Office
1328 Wheaton
Troy, MI  48083
Phone:  248-619-9201
Website:  www.pawswithacause.org
Trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with Deafness, Seizures, Blindness, in wheelchairs, 
or with mental disabilities.   Please contact them to see if you qualify for a specially-trained dog.  
There is no charge to qualified applicants!


International Hearing Dog Inc.
5901 E. 89th Avenue
Henderson, CO  80640
Phone:  303-287-3277  (VOICE/TTY)
Website:  www.ihdi.org
Hearing Dogs are provided free of charge to those who receive them. The cost to train and place 
one dog is $7,000. This expense is paid for through the kindness of individuals and service clubs, 
foundation grants, and IHDI fund-raising activities, such as Adopt-A-Dog or Silent Partner sponsorships.


Dogs for the Deaf Inc.
10175 Wheeler Road
Central Point, OR  97502
Phone:  800-990-3647  OR  541-826-9220  (VOICE/TTY)
Email:  info@dogsforthedeaf.org
Website:  www.dogsforthedeaf.org
Dogs for the Deaf strives to be known throughout North America for rescuing and training dogs 
to assist people with hearing loss, autism, and other challenges. The number of dogs placed each 
year matches the resources available to Dogs for the Deaf.


N.E.A.D.S. / Assistance Dogs for Veterans 
Mailing Address
PO Box 1100
Princeton, MA 01541
Phone: 978-422-9064
Physical Address
305 Redemption Rock Trail South
Princeton, MA 01541
Website:  www.NEADS.org
An average NEADS dog costs over $25,000. We ask our clients to fundraise a minimum of $9,500, but 
please don't let this deter you from applying! NEADS will assist you by providing fundraising information 
and guidance.  NO Cost to Veterans!
The Assistance Dogs for Veterans program pairs highly trained NEADS dogs with qualified veterans of 
our armed services who could benefit from canine assistance. Since 2006, NEADS has placed 92 dogs 
with veterans at NO cost.


4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, OH  45385
Phone:  937-374-0385
Email:  Karen4paws@aol.com
Website:  www.4pawsforabillity.org
At 4 Paws for Ability it costs over $22,000 to train and place a service dog with a disabled child. However, 
our families engage in fundraising activities as volunteers for 4 Paws to qualify for a free service dog.
Each family is asked to help raise at least $15,000.  Upon completion of training, 4 Paws service dogs 
are required to be re-certified annually



ANIMALS FOR VETERANS: 

N.E.A.D.S. / Assistance Dogs for Veterans 
Mailing Address
PO Box 1100
Princeton, MA 01541
Phone: 978-422-9064
Physical Address
305 Redemption Rock Trail South
Princeton, MA 01541
Website:  www.NEADS.org
An average NEADS dog costs over $25,000. We ask our clients to fundraise a minimum of $9,500, but 
please don't let this deter you from applying! NEADS will assist you by providing fundraising information 
and guidance.  NO Cost to Veterans!
The Assistance Dogs for Veterans program pairs highly trained NEADS dogs with qualified veterans of 
our armed services who could benefit from canine assistance.  Since 2006, NEADS has placed 92 dogs 
with veterans at NO cost.


Stiggy's Dogs    
2610 Bowen Road
Howell, MI 48855
Phone:  248-667-8364
Website:  www.stiggysdogs.org
Stiggy’s Dogs is a 501(c)(3) organization that rescues and trains shelter dogs to be psychiatric 
service dogs for military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) or Traumatic 
Brain Injury (“TBI”). The psychiatric service dogs are trained and deployed at no cost to the veteran.
Stiggy’s Dogs all pass the Canine Good Citizen ® Certification test and then are paired with their handlers
for further training. Since each veteran has unique qualities and needs, each dog is individually trained 
to meet that veteran’s needs. Stiggy’s Dogs offers the veteran and dog pairing a lifetime of support after deployment.


Paws For Purple Hearts
5860 Labath Avenue, Suite A 
Rohnert Park, CA  94928
Phone:  202-681-9575  OR  707-238-5110
Email:  info@pawsforpurplehearts.org
Website:  www.pawsforpurplehearts.org
Under the guidance of PPH instructors, service members engage with specially-bred Golden 
and Labrador Retriever puppies. Together they undergo an intensive 18-to-24-month service 
dog training regimen—learning more than 90 commands–while the veterans reintegrate into 
civilian life. Once training is complete, the service dogs are given to veterans who have sustained 
mobility-limiting injuries. These service dogs reside for the rest of their lives with their new owners.



ANIMALS FOR MULTIPLE TYPES OF DISABILITIES: 

Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49340
Phone: 616-877-7297
AND
S.E. Michigan Regional Office
1328 Wheaton
Troy, MI 48083
Phone: 248-619-9201
Website:  www.pawswithacause.org
Trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with Deafness, Seizures, Blindness, in wheelchairs, 
or with mental disabilities. Please contact them to see if you qualify for a specially-trained dog. 
There is no charge to qualified applicants!


HELPING HANDS    (Capuchin Monkeys for the disabled)              
541 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02134-2023
Phone:  617-787-4419
Website:  www.monkeyhelpers.org      
We are a non-profit organization that helps adults with spinal cord injuries and other mobility 
impairments live more independent and engaged lives. We do this by providing them, free of 
charge, with a unique service animal: a highly trained capuchin monkey to help with their daily 
tasks. The only organization of our kind, we raise and train these special service animals, carefully 
match them with appropriate recipients across the nation, and provide active support and care 
for the duration of each placement.


N.E.A.D.S.  / Assistance Dogs for Veterans 
Mailing Address
PO Box 1100
Princeton, MA  01541
Phone:  978-422-9064
Physical  Address
305 Redemption Rock Trail South
Princeton, MA  01541
Website:  www.NEADS.org
An average NEADS dog costs over $25,000. We ask our clients to fundraise a minimum of $9,500, but 
please don't let this deter you from applying! NEADS will assist you by providing fundraising information 
and guidance.  NO Cost to Veterans!
The Assistance Dogs for Veterans program pairs highly trained NEADS dogs with qualified veterans of 
our armed services who could benefit from canine assistance.  Since 2006, NEADS has placed 92 dogs 
with veterans at NO cost.


4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, OH  45385
Email:  Karen4paws@aol.com
Website:  www.4pawsforabillity.org
Provides helper animals for the following:  hearing assistance, autism, multipurpose assistance, 
mobility assistance, and seizure assistance


Canine Assistants
3160 Francis Road
Milton, Georgia   30004
Phone:  770-664-7178     Toll-Free 800-771-7221 
Email:  info@canineassistants.org
Website:  http:www.canineassistants.org
A nonprofit funded only through donations, does not charge for the services they provide and pays 
for lifetime upkeep of each service dog.  Trains and provides service dogs, companion dogs, and 
seizure dogs. 


Dogs for the Deaf Inc.
10175 Wheeler Road
Central Point, OR 97502
Phone: 800-990-3647   OR  541-826-9220 (VOICE/TTY)
Email:  info@dogsforthedeaf.org
Website:  www.dogsforthedeaf.org
Dogs for the Deaf strives to be known throughout North America for rescuing and training dogs 
to assist people with hearing loss, autism, and other challenges. The number of dogs placed each 
year matches the resources available to Dogs for the Deaf.




THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING: 

Ride to Better Health!
To find a therapeutic riding center near you, go to www.narha.org-the website for the North American 
Riding for the Handicapped Association--which lists more than 650 accredited centers in the United 
States OR  call 800-369-7433.


O.A.T.S.   (Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles)
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 138
Clarkston, MI 48347
Phone:  248-620-0505
Physical Address
3090 Weidemann Dr.
Clarkson, MI  48348
Website:  www.oatshrh.org
Located on 50 acres in Clarkston, Mich., O.A.T.S. and its staff of caring, dedicated and enthusiastic instructors and volunteers provide equine-assisted therapy and a lot of smiles on a weekly basis, 
year-round (thanks to our heated indoor arena), to more than 100 children and adults with a wide 
variety of physical and emotional disabilities.





























This page was last updated: December 27, 2016