The Service Dog Resource Search Begins!

To give you some insight as to what it’s like to be a social worker… this is the most accurate meme I’ve come across in my decade working in the field.

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On week three of my journey to legitimately locate how to connect clients/members/patients or essentially anyone to a service dog and/or animal assisted therapy in Nevada at little to no cost….  I dug a little deeper in my search and started playing around with keywords. My strategy was to get a little more specific and start in one region first.

This sequence is typical example of how many social workers begin trying to locate information about resources on how to refer/connect people to services they need. And let me be the first to tell you- finding resources is often a quest of playing with various keywords in quotations to narrow down what you are specifically looking for in the nebulous abyss of the internet.

AND SO WE BEGIN!

  • My first few searches of “animal assisted therapy Nevada” and “therapy dog Nevada” and a few similar other variations led me in a variety of dead-ends that were purely informative about laws/regulations as I’ve reported in my previous posts.
  • However, “service dog” las vegas resulted in some better leads once I began digging through some of the links embedded on each site and struck some luck!

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  • At face value, some of the sites that popped up are clearly some reputable local organizations of alternative options for individuals with the ability to pay for services such as:

http://www.michaelsangelpaws.org/our-programs/therapy-dog-program

http://www.dogtraininginhenderson.com/services/

However, after searching further I discovered The Animal Foundation (a large, well established, local non-profit animal shelter in Clark County) had promoted “Service Dog Project” 2 1/2 years ago. Which was also featured on the news! – check out this video.

http://animalfoundation.com/valley-view-live-animal-foundation-discusses-service-dog-project-1815/

The Animal Foundation had SOME information available but had no new posts about it since 1/13/15 as you can see on their site. This was concerning to me as it leads me to believe that the program is no longer active. https://animalfoundation.com/tag/service-dog-project/

  • Interestingly enough, I have been following the The Animal Foundation on Twitter so I figured- why not go straight to the source to find out for sure!? Let’s see if I get a response. Stay tuned!tweet pic

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