Rainbow Service Dogs
Rainbow Service Dogs (RSD) is a non-profit agency. RSD assists individuals in locating suitable animals to train as a service animal. We work with animals control centers and the Humane Society to obtain suitable animals for program participants. All potential animals are tested for aggression, noise response and behavior issues prior to adoption. The animals must display non aggression to other animals, children and adults.
Individuals are responsible for all adopted animals, their adoption fees, shots, and spaying. (It is a requirement that all animals to be trained for service be neutered or spayed) to ensure they live an independent and prosperous life.
We have a member fee of $250.00, however we also offer benefits for lower income. Our agency works on a sliding scale basis. Low income benefits allow up a reduction in fees when scholarship funding is available. Trainings are $10.00 per session ($130.00) for every 3 months or $90.00 (if paid in advance). All sessions are done in groups. If one requests individual trainings, the cost is $17.50 per session or $52.50 per month (4 sessions). Private lessons at the owners home are $25.00 per session.
Upon Entrance to the program members are given a welcome packet containing schedules and sample training logs as well as a list of rules and expectations.
Members will be required to RENT A training bandana to utilize for 1 year until graduation. Rental fees for bananas are listed in contract.
Vests are ordered by staff and will not be ordered until fully paid for within membership. Also members will only receive vests upon graduation. Until graduation, members must rent an In Training bandana for 16.00 per 6 months thus $32.00 for the year. Upon graduation, the vest then belongs to the individual. Prior members to June 2016 (If the individual does not complete the program, the vest must be returned in good condition and the member loses fees paid for the vest.)
Lifetime membership fees are applied to State and CGC/CGCA testing fees. It also guarantees that as long as you are a part of RSD, we will act in your behalf if issues arise.
The CGC testing fees are within the membership...As for the AKC filing fee of $20.00 per test,, this is the responsibility of the owner of the dog. Also if one chooses to have the patch for each test, they must pay the fee of $7.00 per patch.
Goals and Agreements of RSD
- We discourage discrimination against the disabled who are accompanied by working animals
- We promote awareness of individuals accompanied by service animals.
- We will provide training and knowledge (offer workshops) to public and private sectors
- We will educate staff on proper etiquette around service animals. All staff and peer trainers undergo assessments bi-annually
- We will educate all staff on service animal laws and their requirements in dealing with service animals
- We will address problems due to apartment living and other access issues.
- We will participate in programs that assist members in obtaining accessible housing, public areas, transportation, job opportunities & community programs that offer volunteer positions or jobs.
Services Included Assisting Disabled People With
- Acquiring a Service Dog (Animal).
- Learning and sharing training techniques
- We assist in mediation between housing, landlord, transportation authorities
- We offer peer advocacy within counseling, court hearings, medical
- appointments and other areas deemed necessary
- We train you to train your dog therefor the animal is accustomed to you giving commands.
- We strive to ensure individuals with disabilities are treated with respect.
- We strive to ensure people who are accompanied by their service dogs (animals) and guide dogs are not excluded from places of business and public activities
- We, along with our affiliates, strive to educate the public about SERVICE dogs, their roles and the differences between service animals and Emotional SUPPORT / Companion animals. We strive to educate all agencies and physicians of the difference of public access for SERVICE dogs in comparison to Emotional SUPPORT Animals.
- RSD shares no information with others. All member info is regarded as highly confidential and released only at member's written request.
Americans With Disabilities Act states that anyone depending on an animal to function should be allowed full access to all private businesses that serve the public, like restaurants, stores and theaters. The law specifies that such animals must be trained specifically to assist their owner.
Service Animal types range and are not "Dog Specific". Although any service animals after March 2012 must only be dogs and miniature horses. Animals may provide either Psychiatric or Service related tasks that assist in the daily ADL functions of their owners.
|Member Number is: 85630||
Member of: The International Association of Assistance Dog Partners