What is a service animal? According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a brief explanation of a service animal is:
“Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.”
Why challenged individuals qualify for a free service dog
The Psychiatric Service Dog Academy & Registry (PSD Academy & Registry), defines a psychiatric service dog as:
“…a dog that has been trained to perform tasks specific to an individual’s psychiatric disability. A psychiatric service dog is a dog that is extremely in tune to their owner’s emotional needs and will react immediately when needed.”
There are a couple of other types of service dogs: an emotional support dog and a therapy dog. PSD Academy & Registry provides training, support, and materials for non-profit organizations, trainers, and training companies.
Dog program background
Initially, PSD Academy & Registry worked with and offered training for military veteran organizations that provided free service dogs.
PSD Academy & Registry decided to offer the same free service animals for people with challenges who are civilians, as well.
They thoroughly train rescued dogs and pay for all expenses, which include food, dog, supplies, travel, training course, and materials.