September is National Service Dog Month – a time to celebrate service dogs and the great work they do for people with disabilities. Canine Companions created the concept of service dogs nearly 50 years ago.
More than 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have a disability and may have difficulty with everyday tasks like picking up dropped keys or turning on a light. Our expertly trained service dogs empower people with disabilities to lead more independent lives by assisting with over 45 tasks. Service dogs also provide confidence, peace of mind and unconditional love.
Canine Companions is leading the way to educate the public on service dogs and the life-changing work they do. Hundreds of people across the country are waiting for a Canine Companions service dog.
A service dog is specially trained to perform tasks to help a person with a disability to live with greater independence. You can test your service dog knowledge, sign our pledge to protect service dogs and learn more at canine.org/servicedogmonth.
“Service dogs can make a lifetime of difference for people with disabilities,” says Paige Mazzoni, Canine Companions’ CEO. “Some of our clients tell us that they wouldn’t be able to leave the house without the help of their service dog. We are committed to ensuring that our clients, and all service dog users, have access to public places and peace of mind to move through public safely.”
Become an educated service dog expert by visiting canine.org/servicedogmonth.