This is just a reminder that Service Dogs are an integral part of life for hundreds of people. They make an independent or at least a partially independent life possible for many disabled people. A Service Dog may be the eyes for its blind or other visually impaired partner. It may be the ears for a deaf partner, alerting the partner to sounds. Some Service Dogs are able to alert when the partner is about to have a seizure (Seizure Alert / Response Dog) or alert when a diabetic partner is about to go into a diabetic coma or insulin shock (Diabetic Alert / Response Dog). Mobility Assist Dogs are the arms and legs for those who are disabled. Psychiatric Service Dogs help keep people with psychiatric disorders calm. These dogs enable people with PTSD, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia to go out in public.
Training these dogs is not cheap. While volunteers help keep costs down, it still costs over $20,000 to breed, deliver, ensure the health of, raise, socialize, train, match and pair-train each dog and its partner.
Please consider a donation, however small, to PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Living Services) – a small 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides trained service dogs to people who need them!
If you think of it, please note my name (Elizabeth Riggs) in the comments box (for PayPal) or the Memo section of a check. I’m STILL trying to meet my “match” for “my” mobility service dog, Emmy! You get the deduction, and I get the credit toward the match.