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Access To Service

Access to Service is a non-profit serving those who love service dogs, those who train them and those who have them. Access to Service is an educational organization dedicated to bringing the world of service to others.

We can show you how to acquire and partner with an assistance dog; learn about disability and public access laws, sources of financial aid, assistance dog organizations in your area, canine care, and more.

And of course, we train service dogs for those who need them.  We specialize in medical alert, especially for those diseases and disorders that others don't train for like Mast Cell Diseases.  We also do PTSD and Panic Disorders, Mobility and Assistance, and Hearing Dogs.

WHAT IS A SERVICE DOG

There is a difference between "Being of Service" and "being a servant". To Be of Service means that you're joyfully giving according to your ability and what you are giving comes from the heart. Being a servant means that you're giving or doing out of obligation. Also keep in mind that doing for someone who doesn't want or need you to is not service, it is a form of control.

To notice a need and step forward assist, be of service. This is done no matter if noticed, thanked, appreciated, recognized or not. The service being great, it's done still. It's unconditional and done with care and love. I do simply because. . 

Service Dogs are not servants.  Trained correctly, a service dog joyfully and intently does its job helping its handler.  

A service dog is specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental illnesses (such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)), seizure disorder, mobility impairment, and diabetes.

According to law (2011 American’s With Disabilities Act from the Department of Justice):

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.

Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties.

Service animals are working animals, not pets.

The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.

Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.


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Featured Service Dog

‘I feel way more independent with Keeva she is always on alert’ Martina Baker went from isolation to being a normal teen thanks to this highly trained service dog.  Keeva is trained to alert to scents before a potentially fatal allergic reaction 

A FEW OF OUR WORKING DOGS