Misrepresenting a pet as a service dog is against the law and has serious consequences for people with disabilities who rely on trained service dogs for independence. Fraudulent service dogs cause confusion around the laws and can pose a serious threat to the safety of working service dogs.
of graduates have encountered an uncontrolled dog in public where pet dogs are not allowed.
of graduates have had a dog interfere with, vocalize at, bite, or growl at their service dog.
of graduates feel that their quality of life and independence has been impacted by fraudulent service dogs.
Who Does Fraud Impact?
The quotes below come from a recent survey of our assistance dog teams–those directly affected by fraud.
“A dog in a vest growled and snapped at our Canine Companions skilled companion. Because we are a three-part team, our service dog was between me and my son; this put my son in danger.” -Skilled Companion Facilitator
“[Being denied access] is exhausting and makes me feel more reluctant to take my service dog into public.” -Hearing Dog Team
“I’m so scared we will have a problem that we have avoided all air travel with our Canine Companions dog.” -Service Dog Facilitator
Stand Against Service Dog Fraud
When we have 25,000 signatures, we will reach out to industry and trade associations and groups to make our united voice heard. Note: Canine Companions never shares or sells your information with others.