Service Animals

'Monkey helpers' perform daily tasks that allow people with disabilities to maintain their independence

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:25am
“I value our relationship and also care for her and enhance her life," Townsend says of Kathy. "We are a real team!"   Kathy takes a break and gets some strokes from her pal, Mike.

For the sixth year, volunteer veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will provide free eye exams for qualified service animals

posted on April 9, 2013 - 5:46pm
Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual ACVO/Merial Service Dog Eye Exam Event, which offers free eye exams for service animals during the month of May.

As your child's needs change, so will his or her school experience

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:03pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
No matter what grade your child is about to enter this fall, you will have all the concerns of every parent — and a whole lot more because of your child’s neuromuscular disease. There are ways to make the transition to a new school year smoother — and MDA can help. Getting started Before the school year starts, make an appointment to visit your child’s new teacher and scope out the school. Talk...

For the fifth year, veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will provide free eye exams for qualified service animals

posted on April 17, 2012 - 6:00am
Update (June 22, 2012) — The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (AVCO) announced today that, with the help of 250 volunteer board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists, nearly 5,000 service animals were examined in the May 2012 event. Guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, search-and-rescue dogs and other service animals, including horses and a donkey,...
posted on January 1, 2012 - 2:42pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 1
In the 1990s, I adopted a shelter dog named Christmas, aka “Chrissy,” and attempted to train her to become my service dog. I wrote a Quest story about it in 2000 called Service Dog or Psycho Dog? While she did perform well in some instances, Chrissy was a nightmare at other tasks. She was the right breed mix for the job but had the wrong personality.

Canines that don't make the cut at other service-animal training programs are welcome at Phoenix Assistance Dogs

posted on October 1, 2011 - 8:49am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
From the moment Linzey Zoccola received her first service dog at age 16, she knew what she wanted to do with her life. Zoccola has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and has used a power chair since the age of 4. She has always been strongly independent, but having a service dog was a revelation. Here was a creature that not only brought her joy and companionship, but also helped her perform tasks at...

Canines that don't make the cut at other service-animal training programs are welcome at Phoenix Assistance Dogs

posted on August 26, 2011 - 2:15pm
From the moment Linzey Zoccola received her first service dog at age 16, she knew what she wanted to do with her life. Zoccola has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and has used a power chair since the age of 4. She has always been strongly independent, but having a service dog was a revelation. Here was a creature that not only brought her joy and companionship, but also helped her perform tasks at...

Veterinary ophthalmologists are offering free eye exams to certified service animals through May; simple eye care tips also are recommended

posted on April 4, 2011 - 12:00pm
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is hosting the 4th Annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event this May. Thousands of service dogs will receive free eye examinations at participating veterinary ophthalmology clinics throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Last May, more than 3,200 service dogs participated in the event. Registration is now open...