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Challenged individuals qualify for a free service dog

service dogPhysically and mentally challenged individuals qualify for a free service dog.

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.

healthy habitsPSD 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.



About the author: George Zapo CPH, is certified in Public Health Promotion and Education (Kent State University). George provides informative articles promoting healthy behavior and lifestyles.

8 comments… add one
  • Lori Evanko

    How do i qualify for a free service dog?

  • Gail Wilson

    I not exactly sure what to comment. My Granddaughter was born with Spina Bifida and is unable to walk. She has been wanting a service dog since she was 7. Being able through your company to allow her to receive help would be such a blessing. I hope and pray we hear back from you.

    • Hello Gail. I wish you and your family well.

      Here’s a website called “Guide to Service Dogs.” They have a list of website with dogs trained to assist those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism, mental illnesses, seizures, other medical health conditions, and more. Here’s the link: Guide to Service Dogs

      Take good care.

  • Wonderful news, George!
    My son has a service dog, Attacks With Love or just Tacks. I love this dog. He is getting old. Normally service dogs are retired at around 8 years old. Tacks, an older dog was rescued from death row and trained 9 years ago.

    My son and I have been pondering what we should do about another dog to help me with his MS.
    Thanks for the info. WE are going to check this out.

    • You’re welcome, Malika.

      I hope everything works out for the best for your and your son.

      Thank you for sharing information about your son, Attacks With Love, or Tacks; your dog, and service dog training.

      Also, thank you for taking time out to read and comment on this, somewhat neglected, benefit for people needing support.

      I’ll continue to try and help the best I can…

  • Tina Bosela

    Great Article George!
    It’s great that dogs are being trained to help challenged individuals and people with challenges.

    It’s good to know that they qualify for a free service dog. Dogs are very smart and caring.


    • You’re welcome and thank you as well, Tina!

      It’s nice of you to share your thoughts on this subject.

      We appreciate it!

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