Therapy & Service Dogs Local Resources


Local resources for dog Therapy & Guides Dogs of America is provided along with a story circulating about Queen Elizabeth sensitivity to her corgi's ability to calm a WWII veteran.

Lend - a - Paw from "New Leash on Life" is located in Toluca Lake.  Established in 2005 their volunteers and therapy dogs as trained and certified teams visit hospitals, care facilities, special needs schools and City & State venues to provide healing. Learn more here:  About Lend a Paw | New Leash On Life

Love on 4 Paws - was established in 1997, and provides services to many facilities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Love On 4 Paws has around 80 volunteer teams, and visits with around 50,000 people each year.  About Love On 4 Paws

Guide Dogs of America  -  At Guide Dogs of America, we believe that a well-trained service dog partner offers new opportunities for greater independence, enhanced mobility, and social interaction.  Our objective is not only to provide excellent service dogs and quality instruction but also to strive to maintain the true success of a team – longevity. Finding the right partner, forming a strong bond, and maintaining a solid support system are the keys to a successful service dog team. Our 7.5 acre campus in Southern California is home to all of our programs.  Our Program Overview - Guide Dogs of America   13445 Glenoaks Boulevard   Sylmar, CA 91342

Dogs at State Parks:  Every year dogs along with their owners visit California state parks, as our park units have many great open spaces for you and your dog to enjoy. We all know that exercise is good for the body and spirit for both you and your furry friend.  For the protection of our wildlife, natural resources and for the comfort and enjoyment of all our park visitors, please be aware of the laws and rules/ Dogs at Parks (

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.  CA Department of Rehabilitation    Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

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