HELPER ANIMALS RESOURCES
NOTE:  
If you need to travel in order to obtain or train your animal, please look under the EMERGENCY 
TRAVEL RESOURCES page on this website!

For a geographical search of all accredited service dog organizations, visit Assistance Dogs International and enter your exact geographical location. 

To register your helper animal: https://assistancedogregistry.com


MICHIGAN PROGRAMS

Leader Dogs for the Blind
1039 S. Rochester 
Rochester, MI  48307
Phone:  248-651-9011   888-777-5332 
Website: https://www.leaderdog.org
Founded by 3 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 gener-
osity 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 tech-
nology integration, Leader Dog’s programs give clients the confidence and skills they need to 
live independent lives.

Paws With A Cause
4646 S. Division
Wayland, MI  49340
Phone: 616-877-7297
Email: paws@pawswithacause.org
Website: https://www.pawswithacause.org
Mission: 
Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights 
and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy.

Stiggy's Dogs   
​2610 Bowen 
Howell, MI  48855
Phone: 248-667-8364
Website:  www.stiggysdogs.org (website is temporarily down!)
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 Trau-
matic 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.


NATIONAL PROGRAMS

Guide Dog Foundation
371 E. Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY  11787-2796
Phone: 631-930-9000   800-548-4337
Email:  info@guidedog.org
Website: https://www.guidedog.org
The Guide Dog Foundation welcomes people who are blind or visually impaired into our com-
munity. From our compassionate and skilled instructors, to our exceptional dogs, to our meticu-
lously constructed curriculum, we support our students and graduates with an uncompromising commitment to excellence.
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In order to apply for a guide dog, applicants must be legally blind and can demonstrate the need 
for a guide dog to help them remain safe and effective in their everyday travel. We also look for clients that can independently travel practical and purposeful routes with their current mobility device. 

KSDS Inc.
120 W. 7th 
Washington, KS  66968
Phone: 785-325-2256
Email:  ksds@ksds.org
Website:  www.ksds.org
People who receive guide dogs must be at least 14 years of age and will generally attend team training on the KSDS campus in Washington, Kansas for 13 days. Students will stay in the handi-
cap accessible apartments on campus provided by KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc. with the help of funding from Kansas Lions Clubs. Meals are provided by Kansas Lions Clubs as well as other 
civic organizations and volunteers in the local community.

Guide Dogs For The Blind
National Headquarters:
P.O. Box 151200
San Rafael, CA  94915
Phone: 800-295-4050
Website: https://www.guidedogs.com
Since 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) has been creating partnerships between people, 
dogs, and communities. With exceptional client services and a robust network of instructors, 
puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and 
empower individuals who are blind or have low vision from throughout the United States and Canada.
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All of the services for our clients are provided free of charge, including personalized training 
and extensive post-graduation support, plus financial assistance for veterinary care, if needed. 
Our work is made possible by the generous support of our donors and volunteers; we receive 
no government funding.

Guide Dogs Of America
13445 Glenoaks Blvd.
Sylmar, CA  91342
Phone: 818-362-5834   800-459-4843
Email:  mail@guidedogsofamerica.org
Website: https://www.guidedogsofamerica.org
At Guide Dogs of America, we believe that a well-trained service dog partner offers new 
opportunities for greater independence, enhanced mobility, and social interaction. Our 
7.5 acre cam-pus in S. CA is home to all of our programs and our services are provided 
free of charge, including:
1.  A professionally trained, highly qualified, expertly matched service dog
2.  Personalized instruction in how to care for and work with that dog as a team
3.  Public transportation to and from our school
4.  Room and board during the in-residence training program
5.  Veterinary care at our clinic
6.  Extensive post-graduate support services

Guiding Eyes For The Blind
Headquarters and Training Center
611 Granite Springs
Yorktown Heights, NY  10598
Phone: 800-942-0149  
Website: https://www.guidingeyes.org
There are no upfront costs to our students to receive a guide dog. Training, travel, equipment, 
room and board, and follow-up services are also provided free of charge. Donations from in-dividuals, corporations, foundations and service groups cover the entire cost to graduate a 
guide dog team. Once home you will be responsible for the cost of upkeep for your guide dog.
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The dog breeds that we offer to our students consist of Labrador Retrievers and German 
Shepherds. Our dogs are trained to work in a variety of environments including rural roads, 
small towns, large towns, college campuses, shopping malls, large cities, buses,trains, sub-
ways, and cars just to name a few. Please note that if you request a breed, gender, color, size, 
etc. your wait time may be impacted.

International Hearing Dog Inc.
5901 E. 89th Ave.
Henderson, CO  80640
Phone: 303-287-3277  
Website: https://www.hearingdog.org/how-to-help/foster.html
International Hearing Dogs mission is to empower individuals who are Deaf and hard 
of hearing by purposefully training specially selected dogs to alert to sounds, carefully 
matching these dogs with handlers who are deaf and hard of hearing and supporting the 
paired teams throughout the lifetime of the match.

Josh Provides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation, Inc. / Seizure Response Dogs 
5428 Sundew Dr.
Sarasota, FL  34238
Phone: 800-706-2740
Email:  Info@JoshProvides.org
Website: https://joshprovides.org/seizure-response-dogs
What you need to know BEFORE you apply to JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation, 
Inc. for a grant to secure a Seizure Response Dog:
1.  JoshProvides does not breed or train the dogs. JoshProvides awards financial grants 
up to the amount of $2,500 towards the cost of a trained dog. You are responsible for securing 
the other funding for the dog.
2. Seizure Response Dogs are expensive. The cost of breeding and training a seizure 
response dog is extremely expensive and can run from $20,000 to 30,000.
3. Training of Seizure Response Dogs takes time. The training of a seizure response dog 
can take up to 2 years.
4. Neurologist must recommend Seizure Response Dog. In order to apply for a grant from JoshProvides, your neurologist must agree and sign documents that indicate the dog is 
necessary.

Dogs for the Deaf Inc.
10175 Wheeler 
Central Point, OR  97502
Phone: 541-826-9220   800-990-3647 
Email:  info@dogsforthedeaf.org
Website: https://dogsforbetterlives.org
Our Mission:
Dogs for Better Lives’ mission is to professionally train dogs to help people and enhance 
lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue or breed and the people we serve.

N.E.A.D.S. / World Class Service Dogs 
National Headquarters: 
305 Redemption Rock Trail South
Princeton, MA  01541
Phone: 978-422-9064  Voice or TDD
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1100
Princeton, MA  01541
Phone: 978-422-9064
Website: https://neads.org
NEADS® trains a wide range of Service Dogs and Assistance Dogs to meet the needs of 
people with a variety of disabilities or hearing loss. 
Service Dogs for Veterans:
NEADS has been providing fully-trained Service Dogs for United States veterans since 
2006. Programs include Service Dogs for Veterans from any conflict who have a perm-
anent physical disability or hearing loss, or have MS or other progressive conditions 
and veterans with diagnosed service-related PTSD. Service Dogs are provided at no 
charge to veterans who are eligible for our program.

4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH  45385
Phone:  937-374-0385
Email: karen@4pawsforability.org 
Website: https://4pawsforability.org
4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality 
service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or 
hearing and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places.

Paws For Purple Hearts / Warriors Helping Warriors 
10201 Old Redwood Hwy.
Penngrove, CA  94951
Phone: 844-700-PAWS (7297)
Website: https://pawsforpurplehearts.org
Paws for Purple Hearts is the world’s only service dog organization for wounded Service 
Members and Veterans that partners with Bergin College of Canine Studies. Bergin College 
is the first and only college in the world that focuses on training and learning about dogs. 
It was founded and continues to be led by the famous canine researcher and inventor of 
the service dog concept, Dr. Bonnie Bergin.
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Through its unique mission to advance human-canine studies, it produces the some of the 
best service dog trainers and highest quality assistance dogs. Although Paws for Purple 
Hearts is now separate from Bergin College, all of our trainers are Bergin graduates.

HELPING HANDS    (Capuchin Monkeys for the disabled)              
541 Cambridge 
Boston, MA  02134
Phone:  617-787-4419
Email: info@monkeyhelpers.org
Website:  https://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, care-
fully match them with appropriate recipients across the nation, and provide active support and 
care for the duration of each placement.

Canine Assistants
3160 Francis 
Milton, GA  30004
Phone: 770-664-7178    800-771-7221 Toll Free
Email:  info@canineassistants.org
Website: https://www.canineassistants.org
Canine Assistants service dogs assist children and adults with physical disabilities or other 
special needs in a variety of ways. Some of the tasks our dogs perform include turning lights 
on and off, opening and closing doors, retrieving dropped objects, summoning help, and pro-
viding secure companionship. While all of these functions are vitally important in helping a 
person obtain greater freedom, perhaps the most impressive gift our dogs provide is social, 
rather than physical, in nature. 

Retrieving Freedom Inc. 
Iowa Facility
1152 230th 
Waverly, IA  50677
Phone: 319-505-5949
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Missouri Facility
20360 Tangle Nook 
Sedalia, MO  65301
Phone: 660-586-2055
Website: https://www.retrievingfreedom.org
Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to training service 
dogs to help people. Our primary focuses are training dogs to serve the needs of Veterans 
and children with Autism. We breed and train chosen dogs that exhibit specific traits neces-
sary to perform tasks to help these individuals, and we believe in matching the dog to the 
recipient.

K9s For Warriors
114 Camp K9 
Ponte Vedra, FL  32081
Phone: 904-686-1956
Website: https://www.k9sforwarriors.org
We Rescue Dogs to Rescue Veterans:
K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest veteran service organization providing highly 
skilled service dogs to disabled American heroes. Our goal is to empower Warriors to 
return to life with dignity and independence. The core of our training program is focused 
on mitigating the symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), 
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), with the end goal of 
preventing veteran suicide. Our nonprofit provides PTSD Service Dogs of the highest 
quality at no cost to those in our program in order to help restore their physical and 
emotional independence.

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs
254 Ranch Trail
Rockwall, TX  75032
Phone: 972-772-3282
Email: office@patriotpaws.org
Website: https://patriotpaws.org
The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality 
at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to 
help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build 
partnerships with state and community organizations to help develop and support this 
goal.

Paws4Vets Assistance Dog Placement Program 
324 Military Cutoff 
Wilmington, NC  28405 
Phone: 910-632-0615 
Website: https://www.paws4people.org
The Paws4Vets Assistance Dog Placement Program provides customized Assistance 
Dogs to Veterans, Service Members, and their dependents with physical, neurological, 
psychiatric, or emotional disabilities. Serves Veterans, Active Duty and family. This 
program covers residents of All 50 states. 




























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