Service and Companion Animals

 

THE INDEPENDENCE CENTER

Visit our service animals page to access a variety of resources to help you learn about the laws that govern service animals and the rights entitled to people with disabilities using service animals.

 

CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE

126 Las Animas, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 260-6151
www.cci.org

Provides trained assistance dogs for individuals with physical disabilities and hearing impairments.  Requires travel to a Canine Companion for Independence regional center.

 

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND

P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA 94915
(800) 295-4050
www.guidedogs.com

Provides trained seeing-eye dogs for the blind on low vision individuals.  Requires travel to Oregon or California for four week training with the dog (two week refresher courses are also available).  There is no cost for travel or training for this program. Call for application.

 

INTERNATIONAL HEARING DOG, INC.

5901 East 89th Avenue, Henderson, CO 80640
(303) 287-3277 (voice or TTY)
www.ihdi.org

Provides specially trained dogs for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.  There are no fees or travel required outside of Colorado.  Instructors will come to your house for a few days to train you.  Call for an application or information.

 

ALL ABOUT PETS

(719)633-1010

House calls only. Mobile unit does annual physical exams, vaccinations, surgery, dentistry, and other services.

 

COMPANION ANIMALS (not certified or licensed)

The Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988 allows an individual with a disability to have a companion animal as a reasonable and necessary accommodation to the tenant. It requires a statement from a doctor or therapist that the animal is necessary to the psychological well being of the individual with a disability.  The animal does not have to be formally trained.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that businesses and other public accommodations must allow people to bring their service animals onto public premises, but does not include companion animals.  A service animal, under ADA, does not require certification.