Monday, July 30, 2012

How to Find an Accredited Assistance Dog Organization

We get lots of questions from people in other states asking if there is an assistance dog organization in their area. We are more than happy to answer any questions you have, but we would also like to give you another resource to help you locate the highest quality service dog organizations near you.

Have you heard of Assistance Dogs International? ADI is a coalition of nonprofit assistance and guide dog organizations. In order to become a member of ADI, an organization must meet certain standards and ethics for acquiring, training, and placing dogs. The members of ADI meet regularly, sharing ideas and going to workshops.

Susquehanna Service Dogs is proud to be a member of ADI. In fact, we spent July 25-29 at the Canine Science Forum and Assistance Dogs International Conference. We learned a lot about everything from better care for newborn puppies to new ways to work with children and adults as they get their service dog to how to make sure our work is effective. We are always open to learning something new and improving our methods of raising, training, and placing service dogs. And we enjoyed meeting with other trainers from around the world.

You can find other assistance dog organizations like us on the ADI website. If you’re looking for a service dog organization, we highly recommend that you use one that is fully accredited by ADI.

(If you search by state on the ADI website, please note that ADI lists both accredited members and candidates. Candidates are organizations that have not yet completed the accreditation process.) 

Some of the local, accredited organizations include:
Canine Partners for Life in Cochranville, PA
East Coast Assistance Dogs in Torrington, CT
Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, NY
Fidos for Freedom in Laurel, MD

We have worked with many of them, and they are wonderful. We hope you find the ADI website to be helpful!

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