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Service Dogs

Service Dogs

Does anybody on the site have a service dog? If so, what organization did you use to get one?

A myHIVteam Member said:

I have one and as a doctor I write hundreds of letters every year for them

posted over 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

There is a service in Lowell that trains dogs for all kinds of things, including service dogs, and they even mention mobility.

Here's the website: https://www.k9academyinternational.com/assistan...

posted over 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

I've been thinking of getting a service dog. There are days I walk into the store just fine but after 10 minutes, my feet hurt so bad I can't walk. At times like those, a service dog would help to have someone get me a motorized cart. Other days, I can shop for hours without any pain. I looked into one site, but they only offer service dogs to veterans and not anybody else. Besides that one site, I haven't found anything else, so I guess I am just not phrasing my question right in the internet search.

posted over 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

@A myHIVteam Member that site no longer works. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, service dogs do not need to be licensed as service dogs.
CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION

Q17. Does the ADA require that service animals be certified as service animals?
A. No. Covered entities may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal, as a condition for entry.

There are individuals and organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online. These documents do not convey any rights under the ADA and the Department of Justice does not recognize them as proof that the dog is a service animal.

posted over 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

@A myHIVteam Member and @A myHIVteam Member, what exactly are they trained to do? Or is it for some other disability? I've been thinking about getting a service dog, I mean, I know that there are dogs that have been trained to help remembering their medication, but I was also wondering if an emtional support dog would be better.

posted over 4 years ago
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