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website of author Paula Offutt
So far, we have discussed various stuff on how to decide if you need a Service Dog, how to select a dog to train, training that dog, etc. There are a lot of businesses that have supplies, information, books, resources, etc to assist you with your Service Dog. If you have access to the internet, that list grows tremendously. One place to go that has a long list of resources is the DAHRT link page at http://www.dahrt.org, then click on link page.
For those of you without internet access, or who would rather have something in your hand to hold, I am going through the links to provide the ones that have addresses, catalogs, or phone numbers to call.
Banfield Pet Hospital – has several plans for insurance for your dog.
Optimum Wellness Plans
New Optimum Wellness Plan Information and Inquiries. 1-866-277-7387
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners – offers a “Veterinary Care Partnership Program” with various vets. You must be a member to participate. Membership is $15 a year. There are other benefits to joining.
Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) – offers an insurance plan that reimburses so it’s good for any veterinarian. 1-800-USA-PETS
A free CD-ROM containing a complete collection of the Department of Justice ADA materials, including: regulations, architectural design standards, and technical assistance publications, may be ordered by calling the ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 (voice) or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY) 24 hours a day. It can also be found via the Internet at: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/cdrequestform.htm
You can also call the above numbers to obtain a copy of the “Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals”.
The U.S. Department of Justice provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through a toll-free ADA Information Line. This service permits businesses, State and local governments, or others to call and ask questions about general or specific ADA requirements including questions about the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
ADA specialists are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM until 5:30 PM (Eastern time) except on Thursday, when the hours are 12:30 PM until 5:30 PM. Spanish language service is also available.
For general ADA information, answers to specific technical questions, free ADA materials, or information about filing a complaint, call: 1-800-514-0301 (voice) or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY)
Service Dog Organizations:
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners
Editor / Information and Advocacy Center
38691 Filly Drive
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Canine Companions for Independence
PO Box 446
Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0446
Toll-Free 1-800-572-BARK (1-800-572-2275), Connects to nearest regional center. National Headquarters 1-866-CCI-DOGS (1-866-224-3647).
ABLE-PHONE (Model 3000 is designed for a SD to use)
Bridgeport Leather has handmade (but off the shelf) harnesses, leashes, and collars
Cool Capes has mesh capes for Service dogs; owned and operated by people with disabilities.
LDS Leather Company has custom made harnesses, collars and leashes; owned and operated by people with disabilities
Nu-Capes has reflective identification capes and accessories; owned and operated by people with disabilities.
PlanetDog has ecological and environmentally friendly dog toys and gifts. Call 1-800-381-1516 for catalog.
Dogwise – a Direct Book Service Inc. Company
Good golly! There are a LOT of links on the DAHRT link page. I thought this would be easy! I suggest that if you do not have access to the Internet, go to your local library, since many of them have free access. Go to the DAHRT website and check out the links. I hope the above listing was helpful, if not tempting. They are just the tip of the iceberg!