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Service Dogs of North America, INC.
Service Dogs of North America, INC. is a health and human welfare organization which provides financial assistance to individuals who have the need for an assistance dog but have difficulty in raising the necessary funds and to people and programs whose purpose is to provide assistance dogs to people with disabilities.
 
Assistance Dogs
Assistance dogs, be they guide, hearing, service, autism, psychiatric, Diabetic Alert, Seizure Alert or Medical Alert dogs, provide a very serious and meaningful service to people with disabilities or disabling conditions. Service dogs compensate for physical limitations by pulling wheelchairs, turning light switches on and off, and picking up dropped or needed items. Guide dogs are trained to maneuver visually impaired individuals around obstacles and across streets. Hearing dogs alert the hearing impaired to sounds that might otherwise go undetected. Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to recognize and alert on the scent of low and/or high blood sugar in diabetics. Partnering with a Diabetic Alert Dog can have a significant impact on an individual's life including the potential to save it. All provide emotional support for those in need. Additionally, disabled individuals with assistance dogs attest to the fact that having the dog with them has decreased the social isolation that is a part of being different in this society - a very important part of the value of this concept.
 
  SDNA Board of Directors
The SDNA Board of Directors raises funds for assistance dog placements, for grants to support specific provider program development projects, and for grants to individuals. SDNA's funding for assistance dog placements is unique in that the vast majority of the donations are provided in grants directly to organizations and individuals. These grants are provided to the assistance dog organizations and individuals who are a member of SDNA's program. This was designed to place some fiscal empowerment in the hands of the service dog organization, thereby ensuring that the provider program be accountable to SDNA grantee's for quality service.
 
 




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