SANTA ROSA, CA (September 1, 2022) – September is National Service Dog Month, and national non-profit Canine Companions, who created the concept of service dogs nearly 50 years ago, is educating and advocating for service dogs and the people who use them.
Nearly 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have a disability. Many face physical barriers to meeting daily needs, such as turning on light switches and carrying groceries. Canine Companions transforms the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs to help with these types of tasks — as well as provide unconditional love and acceptance.
Canine Companions is leading the way to educate the public on service dogs and the life-changing work they do for people with disabilities. Hundreds of people across the country are on the waitlist for a Canine Companions service dog. Share our PSA to support our mission.
A service dog is specially trained to perform tasks to help a person with a disability to live with greater independence. Test your service dog knowledge and learn more about service dogs by taking this fun quiz.
Did you know service dogs and their handlers are allowed to go anywhere the public is allowed? There are other types of dogs that don’t have access to public places, like emotional support animals. Learn the difference between these types of dogs in your community here.
It is important that service dog teams can get around public places safely and confidently. In honor of National Service Dog Month, raise a paw to protect the rights of service dogs and their handlers.
All of these materials and more can be found on our website. Learn more about Service Dog Month and Canine Companions at canine.org/servicedogmonth.
About Canine Companions
Canine Companions provides expertly trained service dogs to children, veterans and adults with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country, including Northern California, Southern California, Florida, Ohio, New York and Texas. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, visit canine.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.