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Finding a service dog for someone who is battling epilepsy can be a great challenge. At The Defeating Epilepsy Foundation, we feel that individuals who are battling epilepsy who qualify for a service dog should be able to get one at little to no cost. Animals can provide compassion and care for those battling a chronic illness and give a lot of love and support.

4 Paws For Ability

4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children of disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or hearing and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places. 4 Paws trains dogs to assist children who have seizures. To learn more about their seizure assistance dogs, please visit 4pawsforability.org/seizure-assistance-dog/

Canine Assistants

Canine Assistants teaches and provides seizure response dogs for recipients who have seizures. Following general education, seizure response dogs are taught to remain next to the person during the course of a seizure, summon help in a controlled environment, or retrieve a phone prior to the seizure when indicated by the recipient. Certain dogs may even develop the ability to predict and react in advance to an oncoming seizure once they are place with their recipient. To learn more about their program, visit canineassistants.org/our-service-dogs/

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs train service does to assist those with several disabilities including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Traumatic Brain Injuries, Seizure Disorders, Glucose Imbalance, and more. To learn more about their organization, visit medicalservicedogs.org.

PAWS with a Cause

PAWS with a Cause trains seizure response dogs with tasks such as activating a life-alert system, finding help, retrieving a phone, or stimulating a person during a seizure. PAWS Dogs can retrieve medications or food and act as a brace to help them up and provide comfort. To learn more about their program, visit pawswithacause.rog/what-we-do/assistance-dogs/seizure-response-dogs/

Susquehanna Service Dogs

Susquehanna Service Dogs through Keystone Human Services trains seizure response dogs. They respond to their partner during and after a seizure. Dogs may be trained to provide a number of services including retrieving a phone, medication, or other items. They also can be trained to activate an emergency button, pull a cord, or get help. For more information, visit khs.org/what-we-do/assistance-dogs/