Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Service Animals

Web Development Fact Sheet

Updated 10/2022


Service animals are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as any animal “trained to
do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Trained service animals
can often help people with disabilities gain independence, increase one’s ability to participate in
activities, and even provide invaluable emotional support.

Specifically, for people with limb loss or limb difference, service dogs can be trained to retrieve or hold
items, turn light switches on and off, aid with dressing, and much more. They can also increase
mobility independence by opening doors, pulling a wheelchair or by acting as a balance or brace for
transfers. Unlike traditional adaptive equipment, dogs are extremely sociable animals who love to be
with people. They can provide much-needed companionship, unconditional love and support, vastly
reducing loneliness.

Resources on Legal Right Regarding the Use of Service Animals

ADA Revised Requirements: Service Animals

Frequently Asked Questions About Service Animals and the ADA

Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals: Where Are They Allowed, and Under What Conditions?

Service Dog Programs and Organizations

Assistance Dogs International

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Partners for Life

Freedom Service Dogs of America

Genesis Assistance Dogs, Inc. (Florida residents only)

Little Angels Service Dogs

Pet Partners

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners

New England Assistance Dog Services (NEADS)

Operation Overwatch

Service Dogs for America

Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

Additional Resources

How to Keep Your Pets Safe While Driving

United States Department of Transportation-Service Animals

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