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Welcome to Service Animal Organizations New York

This is not an exhaustive list of service dog organizations in New York; just something to get you going if you’re looking for a general place to start. There are other ways to train a service dog.

You could train the dog yourself, or get help from a dog trainer. Or, you could use any of those options in combination. Here are some service dog organizations in New York, in no particular order.

Canine Companions For Independence

Canine Companions For Independence was founded in 1975. Their dogs and all follow-up services are provided at no cost to clients.

This organization is best suited for:  

  • Adults with physical or auditory disabilities
  • Children with physical or cognitive disabilities aged 5+
  • Adults with physical or cognitive disabilities who require the assistance of a facilitator such as a parent, caregiver, or spouse
  • Veterans with a physical or auditory disability or post-traumatic stress disorder* (PTSD)
  • Professionals working professionally in a health care, visitation, criminal justice, or education setting

*Service dogs for veterans with PTSD are provided in specific geographic regions. 


Miller Family Campus
286 Middle Island Road
Medford, NY 11763
(631) 561-0200 Voice
(631) 561-0230 Fax
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

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Goldendoodle Autism Service Dog “Piper” @bri.and.piper

Freedom Guide Dogs For The Blind

Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Upstate New York, which breeds, raises, trains and places guide dogs with the blind and visually impaired through a distinctive program called hometown training.

Hometown training

While the total cost to prepare and train one service dog from puppy to being able to work costs around $25,000, Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs at no cost.

Freedom Guide Dogs
1210 Hardscrabble Road
Cassville, NY 13318

Phone:  315.822.5132
Fax:  315.293.2465

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Goldendoodle Autism Service Dog “Piper” @bri.and.piper

Guiding Eyes For The Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. They are passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals for greater independence. All services are free of charge.

Apply for a guide dog: Contact the Admissions Department at 1-800-942-0149, ext. 2222 or

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Psychiatric Service Dog “Sarge”

Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind, Inc.

Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs.

In order to apply for a guide dog, applicants must be legally blind and can demonstrate the need for a guide dog to help them remain safe and effective in their everyday travel.  We also look for clients that can independently travel practical and purposeful routes with their current mobility device. 

Get a guide dog

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
371 East Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787-2976

Toll-free:1-800-548-4337 (within the US)
Fax: 1-631-930-9009

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Border Collie Service Dog @celestialbordercollies

The Seeing Eye, Inc.

The Seeing Eye’s mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye® dogs.

Students pay $150 for their first dog and $50 for each successor dog. Veterans of the military pay $1. Payments can be made in installments after students leave the school. A fraction of the total cost to create a match between a person and a dog, this fee reflects the student’s commitment to enhanced independence.

The Seeing Eye
PO Box 375
Morristown, NJ 07963-0375

By Phone:
(973) 539-4425

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Service Dog “Bartek” American Cocker Spaniel @bartek_spaniel_wspanialy

Putnam Service Dogs

Putnam Service dogs train service dogs for people with physical disabilities other than blindness. Check out their website and apply for a dog.

P.O. Box 573
Brewster, NY 10509

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Border Collie Service Dog @celestialbordercollies

Assistance Dogs International Accredited Organizations Serving New York

The following are a list of organizations that serve New York. Look for one that suits your needs.

Accreditation is a pillar of Assistance Dogs International. ADI accredits not-for-profit programs that place assistance dogs to ensure that they adhere to the highest standards in all aspects of their operations, including ethical treatment and training of dogs, ethical treatment of clients, solid service dog training and follow-up care. Only the not-for-profit programs that have been accredited can be a member of ADI. ADI does not provide membership to individuals or for-profit programs.

Assistance Dogs International
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Canadian Multipurpose Service Dog “Everest” @katelynburelle

America’s VetDogs

The service dog programs of America’s VetDogs were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to:

  • United States veterans
  • Active-duty service members,
  • First responders with disabilities

VetDogs trains and places service dogs for those with:

  • Physical disabilities
  • Guide dogs for individuals who are blind or have low vision
  • Service dogs to help mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Facility dogs as part of the rehabilitation process in military and VA hospitals
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Puppies Behind Bars

Puppies Behind Bars is a unique organization where prison inmates raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders. They also raise dogs as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement.

They provide:

  • Service dogs for veterans
  • Service dogs for first responders
  • Explosive-detection canine program
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American Cocker Spaniel Service Dog “Bartek” @bartek_spaniel_wspanialy

Little Angels Service Dogs

Little Angels Service Dogs specialize in:

  • Autism Assistance Dogs
  • Hearing Assistance Dogs
  • Mobility Assistance Dogs
  • Psychiatric Service Dogs
  • Seizure alert dogs
  • Diabetic alert dogs
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Goldengoogle Autism Service Dog “Piper” @bri.and.piper

Paws With A Cause

PAWS Service Dogs are custom-trained to assist people with physical disabilities affecting one or more limbs.

PAWS has trained Service Dogs to help people with:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoidal Degeneration
  • ALS
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Many other conditions affecting a person’s mobility or strength
  • Seizure disorders
  • Hearing loss
  • Service dogs for children with autism
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Service Dog “Kodiak” @dog.human.duo

Canine Partners For Life

Canine Partners For Life train a wide variety of different types of dogs.

  • Seizure alert dogs
  • Cardiac alert dogs
  • Diabetes alert dogs
  • Home companion dogs
  • Courthouse companion dogs
  • Residential companion dogs
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Medical Alert Service Dog @cricket_n_saraphena

Paws 4 People

Paws 4 People specializes in training customized Assistance Dogs for two general groups:

  1. Children and adolescents with physical, neurological, psychiatric, and/or emotional disabilities
  2. Veterans and Service Members with Chronic/Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma, and Moral Injury
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Psychiatric Service Dog “Sarge”

Organizations Located In New York

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Border Collie @celestialbordercollies

Organizations Serving New York But Located Elsewhere

  • Assistance Canine Training Services (ACTS)
  • Assistance Dogs of the West
  • Bergin University of Canine Studies
  • Canine Partners For Life
  • Canines for Service, Inc.
  • Dogs for Better Lives
  • Duo Dogs, Inc. (formerly Support Dogs, Inc.)
  • ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities
  • Freedom Service Dogs of America
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Guide Dogs of America/Tender Loving Canines
  • Guide Dogs of Texas
  • K9’s 4 Mobility, Inc
  • K9’s For Warriors
  • KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc.
  • Leader Dogs for the Blind
  • Little Angels Service Dogs
  • Mutts with a Mission
  • NEADS World Class Service Dogs
  • For a full list, head to Assistance Dogs International
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Working K9 “Remmi” @working.collie.remmi


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