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Hamilton Xavier
19.5 weeks
60#, 27" at the shoulder, 29" from neck to tail

Monday, March 15, 2010

United States Service Dog Registry


My USSDR ID: 1260835846

Built for Service Dog Handlers. Shaped by the Service Dog Community.

With the input from over 100 Service Dog handlers in America, the United States Service Dog Registry (USSDR) represents the most democratic realization of an assistance animal registry to-date. The results are a registry with free online registration conducted by an independent, non-governmental, voluntary, privacy-conscious and secure service.

Our Services and Mission.

We are a independent, non-governmental, voluntary, privacy-conscious and secure Service and Assistance Dog Registry. We have been developed to help provide free identification — online and offline — for disabled individuals who qualify under the ADA to use a Service or Assistance Dog. We believe that Service and Assistance Dog teams have the right to a free identification service. Identification is especially important for disabled individuals who use a Service or Assistance Dog to help with invisible disabilities such as deafness, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and other conditions that may not be immediately apparent to others. We do not certify or authorize anyone to use a Service Animal — nor is certification required by law. The privilege to use a Service or Assistance Animal is granted, under the law, by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and local governments. Our focus is to help encourage education, training and exemplary behavior.

What is a Service Dog?

The United States Department of Justice defines a Service Animal through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal specifically trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If an animal meets this definition, it is considered a Service Animal regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government. However, we do recommend programs that voluntarily certify dogs. Please visit the Delta Society for more information on Service Dogs.
Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for him or herself. Guide dogs, used by some individuals who are blind, are the most well known type of Service Dog. Other specific terms for specialized service dogs include Signal Dogs for the deaf or hearing impaired, Mobility Assistance Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs, and Psychiatric Service Dogs. The terms “Service Dog,” “Service Animal” and “Assistance Dog” all mean the same.
Service Dogs can benefit people with disabilities associated with many diagnoses, including:

• Arthritis
• Ataxia (poor balance)
• Autism
• Blindness
• Deafness or Impaired Hearing
• Diabetes
• Cardio/Pulmonary Disease
• Cerebral Palsy
• Physical mobility Issues
• Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.)
• Psychiatric Disabilities
• Seizure Disorders (Epilepsy)
• Spina Bifida
• Spinal Cord/Head Trauma
• Stroke
In short, any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity might be a candidate for a Service Dog. Please note that Therapy Dogs, Search & Rescue Dogs, Forensic Dogs, Police K-9's, Military Working Dogs and other types of working dogs are NOT Service Dogs and under no circumstances may be registered with the US Service Dog Registry.

How do I register my Service Dog?

Registering your Service Dog is an easy process that only takes a few minutes. We’ll ask a few questions on our secure server about you and your dog. You’ll even be able to upload a photo of you and your dog if you wish. When you are all done you will be assigned a 10 digit ID number that you can give out to whomever you choose so your registration can be verified. For your privacy, the only way for people to view your profile is by entering the ID number you provided them.

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