While Florida Service Dogs, Inc. provides education, advocacy and professionally trained service animals
for qualified persons with disabilities, we also provide dogs for several other settings such as; foster training situations
where a qualified person with a disability applies to foster the possible match for their needs and upon approval the person
takes the dog home to live with and care for the animal providing food, water, shelter, continued training by attending training
classes and public outings, socialization and companionship/bonding and toys. Florida Service Dogs, Inc. still
retains full ownership of the foster dog and maintains the vet care for the animal during the foster placement. We also
provide therapy dogs (provide comfort to others such as nursing home visits), companion dogs (trained for in home
use only), social dogs (trained pet to provide a reason for persons to get out and about), facility dogs (trained dogs that
live in group settings such as live in nursing home, or kids camps, orphanages etc.) for qualified applicants.
We work with dogs for nearly all disabilities except blindness.
Those who have some vision or are vision impaired with other types of disabilities are addressed on a case by case basis.
Although we are trained and qualified to teach dogs for hearing, mobility, seizure and psychiatric assistance, we are not
qualified to train for guide work nor blind persons with service dogs. Except for the foster dogs,
none of these listed animals have the same legal protections as a service animal does.
Additional services available include; P.A.K. Leader program ("Pawsitive"
action kids' leader program) where we teach kids to train dogs, including kids with disabilities. We work with
at risk juveniles by teaching them behavior modification through the use of out of control dogs, and will provide therapy
reading programs, as well as having volunteered during the Charlie, Francis and Katrina hurricanes to provide k9 disaster
animal/human relief work on site.