Hope for Disabilities

Fulfilling unmet needs in the disability community

Assistance animal

Assistance animal

An assistance animal is just another term some people use to describe a service animal that performs or assists with physical tasks of daily life, such as picking up items, opening and closing doors or pulling wheelchairs. While the ADA legally defines the term ‘service animal,’ some people and organizations use the term ‘assistance animal’ interchangeably.

Interview With The Dog

the silence is broken...

We asked a dog to pull aside the shroud of secrecy and be interviewed. He asked his name not be used, but for the good of all dogs he agreed to share these tem insight with humans.


1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful to me.

Remember that be you buy me.


2. Give me some time to understand you want from me.



3. Place you trust in me. It’s crucial to my well being.


4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t isolate me as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I only have you.


5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words – I understand your voice.


6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will not be able to forget it.


7. Remember before you hit me that I have powerful teeth, but I choose not to use them.


8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, as yourself if something might be wrong with me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting weaker.

9. Take care of me when I get. You’ll be old on day.


10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I can’t watch – it’s too painful. Everything is easier when you are with me.


And through it all: Remember that I love you.