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What is a Service Dog?

From the American with Disabilities Act (Service Dog Law):


Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of 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 are called Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) and, while they may qualify to be allowed in non-pet housing, do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.


Learning to live with a disability can be a traumatic and often overwhelming process. Studies find that within six months of receiving a service dog, participants demonstrated an increase in self-esteem, psychological well-being, community integration and up to a 70 percent decrease in home aide needs. That’s a pretty significant benefit!

What Kind of Dogs does MAWP train?

As of October 2019, we are not accepting new applications.  Please check back later!

Mobility Service Dog - Assists with retrievals, opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, etc.


Balance Brace Service Dog - Assists in maintaining balance while walking, getting out of a chair or off the floor, etc.


Seizure Response Service Dog - Trained to respond to an individual's needs once a seizure has occurred.


PTSD Service Dog - Helps alleviate hyper-vigilance, trained to respond during an anxiety attack, etc.

How Can I Get A Service Dog For Myself or a Loved One? 

Bringing a service dog into your life is a very serious decision. We currently have a 1 to 3 year wait list for a service dog. There are a number of considerations prior to starting your journey towards a service dog:


  • What specific tasks do I need a service dog to do for me?

  • How will a service dog improve my life?

  • Am I able to accept the added responsibility of caring for a dog?

  • Am I financially capable of caring for a dog?

  • Am I physically able to care for my dog, or if I am not able to do so, do I have someone that will assist to ensure good care?

  • Can I attend the required 2 week Team Training in the Deland area to learn how to work with my new partner?


If you feel a service dog will significantly enhance your life and a dog can do tasks to help with your disability, you are ready to begin the process of applying for a service dog.  


As of October 2019, we are not accepting new applications.  Please check back later!

My Angel With Paws is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization based in Deland, FL

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