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Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and others through the use of trained assistance dogs.  We work with people to provide assistance dogs matched to their individual needs.

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Disability Assistance Dogs

Service Dogs

Service Dogs are specially trained to assist a person with a disability.  They may accompany their disabled partner in public places as allowed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Facility Dogs

A Facility Dog is specially trained to provide therapeutic benefits to improve the mental, physical or emotional health of individuals in a care-giving facility. These dogs may be used by schools, rehabilitation programs, psychiatric programs, assisted living facilities, and others.

Companion Dogs

A companion dog is trained to assist
individuals in their home. They provide unconditional love and affection to their partner who may be elderly, home-bound or have a psychiatric or other illness.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

I see [my daughter] growing already from your help. She has already begun to get her self confidence out there, sometimes stronger than others but she will figure it out and the stronger she can be the better she will become because that brings self confidence and that is what it is all about. You have been a blessing for the both of us – we do appreciate you and your leadership and I think we need to tell you that once in a while between all of our questions and doubts and fears that we throw at you!
Pat – Des Moines, Iowa
I work for Rural Advocates For Independent Living (RAIL) in Kirksville,MO. I was encouraged to find information about how dogs could be of help to people with disabilities. Thanks to your very informative and easy to use website I have been made aware of how much help dogs can be. Several years ago I had a Black Lab (Jessie) that I had trained from a 8 week old pup using a book by Barbara Woodhouse. I was amazed at how quick she learned and how hard it was for me to convey what I wanted to teach her.The dog was smarter than I was. I spent a little time every day. I found being consistent was the key.Thank you again for the work you do.
Chuck - Kirksville, Missouri
"In January of 2013 my life would change forever. Gumbo, a Black Lab, became my service dog. I am a paraplegic and was unable to safely retrieve things I dropped, close doors and many other things we all take for granted. He has retrieved my car keys when I didn't even realize I'd dropped them. Gumbo has helped me up off of the floor when I have fallen. He helps me transfer by bracing for me. Because of him my life is much easier and safer.

He not only works for me but is a wonderful companion. He is my new best friend.

Thank you Disability Assistance Dogs for making Gumbo a reality for me."
Susan - Davenport, IA