Service Dogs & Therapy Animals

Did you know that service animals are not always dogs. They can include monkeys, cats, and small horses!

There is not a comprehensive list of what types of animals can be service animals. Animals, like people, have different temperaments, limitations, skills, and abilities. Thus, different types and breeds of animals may be trained to perform specific tasks. Matching a particular animal's skills and abilities to the tasks that need to be performed can be an important factor for a person with a disability when selecting a service animal.

Often, phrases are coined to describe the type of impairment or task a particular animal is assisting with-such as "signal dog," "hearing cat," "assistance monkey," "guide horse," and "seizure response dog."

National Association of Guide Dog Users Comments on Silent Hybrid Cars  New

Traveling with service animals?

Additional links about service animals

Health Care for Women

  • WomensHealth.gov The Office on Women's Health (OWH) provides national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education and model programs. OWH in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was established in 1991 to improve the health of American women by advancing and coordinating a comprehensive women's health agenda throughout HHS to address health care prevention and service delivery, research, public and health care professional education, and career advancement for women in the health professions and in scientific careers.
  • Women's Health A-Z Health Topics provided by the Office on Women's Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • WomensHealth.gov Illnesses and Disabilities as many as 1 in 5 of American women have a disability. This section of womenshealth.gov provides information and resources important to women with disabilities, as well as caregivers, friends, family members, and others.
  • Center of Excellence in Women’s Health University of Utah Health  New
  • Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN) was created in 1993 as a voluntary national organization to improve the health and lives of girls and women in Canada and the world by collecting, producing, distributing and sharing knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, strategies and inspirations. [Canada]
  • "We're Women, Too: Identifying Barriers to Gynecologic and Breast Health Care for Women with Disabilities" (.pdf), by Lenore Riddell; Kathy Greenberg; Joan Meister; Jude Kornelsen. A very readable 48-page study and results by Canadian researchers of the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH).