March 4th, 2020
While there are many different kinds of service animals, service dogs, in particular, have a long history of providing various forms of support for those with disabilities, including limb-loss or limb-difference. The loss of a limb often creates challenges that require modifications to your everyday routine. However, a trained service dog can make daily needs that might be difficult, a little easier.
Depending on your specific needs, a service dog can assist with many daily physical activities, such as:
Service dogs are also known to help with emotional well-being. They provide round-the-clock comfort, loving companionship, and unwavering support throughout your journey.
A service dog’s assistance is not just limited to the home. Under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), service dogs are allowed to accompany their owners into all public accommodations—ranging from stores and hotels to stadiums and restaurants.
The process begins with requesting a letter from your health provider stating their recommendation for a service dog.
Next comes finding your trained service dog. Many organizations provide dogs that have been through the extensive training to perform the above tasks. These organizations take you through a matching process to pair you with the perfect one that meets your needs and lifestyle.
Like all pets, your service dog will require upkeep to remain happy and healthy. From food to vet visits, expect to spend anywhere from $750-$1500 each year on your new furry friend.
In addition to the dog’s basic needs, there may also be an upfront cost to obtain your service dog. A trained service dog costs upwards of $30,000; however, many organizations can offset the cost partially or entirely through charitable donations. Be sure to check with each organization for their specific fees.
Ready to find your perfect companion? Below are some organizations that can help pair you with a service dog.