Guide and Service Dog Organizations (dogs who help people who have a disability or disabilities)

Guiding Eyes (USA/NY)

Assistance Dogs International  (USA/CA)

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP)

Mira Foundation
AASK — Animal Assistants Inc. (Canada/SK – Saskatoon)
C.O.P.E. Service Dogs (Canada/ON – Barrie)
Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society (Canada/AB – Edmonton)

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (Canada/ON – Oakville)
Trailrunners K9 Training Center and Labradors, Cancer Detection (Canada/SK – Big River)

Canadian Service Dog Foundation (Canada/ON - Apple Hill)

The Canadian Foundation for Animal Assisted Support Services (Canada/ON - Toronto)

National Service Dogs (Canada/ON - Cambridge) 

Pacific Assistance Dog Society (Canada/BC)


Am I eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC)? (the Canadian government has very strict criteria for this and you must apply)

  • Can I claim assistance dog expenses, as medical expenses? [some people can in Canada - The costs of acquiring and the care and maintenance (including food and veterinary care) of an animal qualify as medical expenses as long as certain conditions are met. These costs must be paid on behalf of a patient who is blind, profoundly deaf or who has a severe and prolonged impairment that markedly restricts the use of the patient’s arms or legs (there's a special definition and process of proving this last one).]
  • Is there a Public Access Test for me and my dog? (in Ontario, you can take a test voluntarily, but there is no legal requirement to have one)
  • Can I take my assistance dog into a restaurant or grocery store? (yes, in Ontario you have the right to, even though other dogs are not allowed, you must carry a letter from your doctor stating you have a disability)

Individual State and Province Access Laws — From Guide Dogs for the Blind

What Everyone Should Know About Guide Dogs for the Blind

from the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Access & Etiquette — Article from Guide Dogs of America