Need a Dog?

Thinking about a Dog from ADAI?

Having a service or therapy dog could be a wonderful addition to your life. But it’s also a big responsibility. Read below to learn about the types of dogs we provide.  Then learn more about the details on the Applicant Step-by-Step page and Applicant FAQs page.

Service Dogs

Perhaps more than anything else, persons with disabilities want to remain as independent as possible. ADAI’s highly trained service dogs help to do just that. By assisting consumers with everyday tasks, such as opening doors and carrying items, service dogs give a tremendous boost to self-confidence and self-reliance. At ADAI, we train each dog in tasks tailored to the individuals they serve. Here are just some of the tasks ADAI service dogs are trained to provide:

  • Opening doors, cupboards, refrigerators, dryers, etc.
  • Retrieving cordless phones
  • Activating adaptive switches
  • Aiding in dressing
  • Carrying items
  • Picking up dropped items
  • Pulling a wheelchair
  • Assisting clients up from a fall
  • Help in climbing stairs
  • Providing balance for walking



Therapy Dogs
ADAI provides highly trained therapy dogs for individuals and facilities. Therapy dogs are trained to be extremely patient, loving companions. They are often placed in nursing homes, hospice centers, or in homes with individuals who could benefit from their presence. Here is a little more about ADAI Therapy Dogs:

School Therapy Dogs
This program places therapy dogs in schools. The dogs help students in counseling settings, help improve student motivation and social skills, and even provide an audience to encourage students to read! Dogs are treated as a member of the faculty and create a sense of family in the school environment. 

Facility Therapy Dogs
A “resident” dog offers tremendous benefits to persons in institutionalized settings, such as rehabilitation centers, hospice care units, and nursing homes. Highly skilled in obedience commands, these dogs provide companionship and can invoke pleasant memories among the residents. Facility Therapy dogs help to temporarily remove some of the worries and concerns of the people they spend time with. Facility therapy dogs usually become quick and lasting friends to everyone they come in contact with.

Special Needs Therapy Dogs
There are times when the simple presence and loving nature of a dog can help persons with special needs to open up to the world around them. Special needs therapy dogs have been particularly beneficial for persons with Autism, developmental disabilities, Down’s Syndrome and those who have suffered a stroke. With the presence of these dogs, persons can work on therapies that help improve speech, coordination, and social skills. For some persons with special needs, a therapy dog gives them a renewed sense of purpose.

WE DO NOT CURRENTLY TRAIN DOGS TO ASSIST THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, VISION IMPAIRED, HAVE SEIZURES, DEMENTIA, NEED AN ALERT RESPONSE DOG FOR DIABETES OR OTHER ASSISTANCE OR FOR PTSD.   

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A DOG WHO CAN HELP WITH THESE CONCERNS, PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF ADI ACCREDITED PROGRAMS IN NORTH AMERICA WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO SERVE YOUR NEEDS!

To see if you qualify for a service or therapy dog please answer the following questions.

1. Is the potential individual or facility applicant located in Ohio, Michigan or Indiana? Yes No
2. If the potential applicant is an individual, does he/she have a mobility disability or autism? Yes No NA
3. If the potential applicant is an individual and has autism, is he/she at least five years old? Yes No NA