Service Animal Resources

2 brown dogs wearing red service dog vests.

On March 30, 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of C.L., an Orange County speech-language pathologist with PTSD and other disabilities, who trained and relies on her service dog, Aspen, to function in public and live independently. The ruling overturns a September 2019 U.S. District Court judgment that service dogs must be formally “certified.”

The unanimous three-judge ruling is the first appellate court decision in the nation addressing training and certification requirements for service dogs. The decision affirms federal regulations stating that persons may self-train service dogs to perform tasks related to a disability and are not required to undergo formal, often expensive and time-consuming, training programs.

Golden retriever in service dog vest puts paw in hand of woman in wheelchair.

Referral Sources

Affordable Service Dog Training Resources

Other Resources

  • US Service Animals
    • Service Dog Grants and Resources 
      • PETCO Foundation
      • The Seeing Eye
      • Planet Dog Foundation