"I don't know what benefits me most, whether it's knowing Franklin will wake me up when the alarm clock goes off, or alert me when the phone rings or to sirens or the smoke detector. I can only say, 'Thank you, Pet Partners, for rescuing me'. Franklin will be my companion and guide for a long time."
Tina Reid's service dog Franklin was trained through the Independence Dog Project, a partnership project between Pet Partners and NEADS.
National Service Dog Resource Center
The National Service Dog Resource Center is a web-based Pet Partners program, providing information and resources for people with disabilities, as well as their friends and family, who are considering getting a service animal or who are currently partnered with a service animal. The NSDRC also provides resources for people with disabilities who have access problems entering the workplace and other public places with their service animals. If you've got a question about service animals, more than likely, you'll find the answer here. Please note: Pet Partners does not train or place service dogs. If you are in need of obtaining a service dog, please visit our Service Animal Trainer Directory page.
Changes to the rules of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which pertain to service animals (Section 35.136) took effect March 15, 2011. We are in the process of updating the information on our website in order to be in accordance with the ADA. Other pages we recommend are:
♦ Part 35 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services
♦ Part 36 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
Service Animal Trainer Directory
Use our Directory to find a Service Animal trainer in your state.
Service Animal Basics
Definitions and descriptions of service animals and related terms.
Denied Access, Now What?
The most frequent questions received by Pet Partners are about the legal rights of individuals with disabilities who have service animals, especially whether service animals must be allowed in privately owned businesses that serve the public.
Getting a Service Animal
Being an informed consumer is your first major step when considering bringing a service animal into your life. This section will help answer many questions about what service animals are, who can have them, the laws that apply to them, and what you can do to locate the best service animal for your needs. To search for a service dog trainer based on your location and disability type, visit our Service Animal Trainer Directory.
Service Animals & Housing
Learn more about the laws that relate to and protect service dogs in housing.
Travel with your Service Animal
Service animals can help people with disabilities to be more mobile. Trains, planes, buses, and even cruise ships can carry people and their service animals to routine destinations or on to exotic adventures. Browse traveler-tested tips focus on dogs, but many of the suggestions apply to other species as well.
Service Animal FAQs
If you've got a question about service animals, more than likely, you'll find the answer here. The answers to the most frequently asked questions received by the National Service Animal Center.
Trainers & Products
Quickly locate organizations and associations of service animal trainers, training programs, companies and individuals who manufacture and/or sell equipment and other supplies for service animals, including vests, harnesses, patches, and assistive devices.
Articles & Resources
This directory of articles, abstracts and other resources will help you further your knowledge of the benefits of utilizing a service animal. Included in this section is Minimum Standards for Service Dogs.