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ACCES Salutes Service Dogs
ACCES proudly supports and recognizes the work of service dogs across the region. These dogs work tirelessly to provide the disabled among us with freedom and confidence, to protect us while we sleep, and to rescue us when we’re lost. Working dog handlers, too, place themselves in harm’s way and give of their own time to help others in our community.
We don’t always see the work they do every day, but we sleep more soundly at night knowing these canine service personnel and their handlers are out there.
Working Dog Organizations
Seattle Police K-9 Unit
The Seattle Police K-9 Unit provides generalist patrol, narcotics, and bomb detection dog support to the Seattle Police Department 24 hours a day.
Retired Seattle Police K-9 Fund
Typically when police dogs retire, the costs of their medical care becomes the responsibility of their handler, and the injuries they can sustain in the line of duty can make this a costly proposition. The RSPCF helps these handlers to cover medical expenses for these dogs who have given so much.
King County Sheriff K-9 Unit
The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit provides generalist patrol and narcotics detection dog support to Sheriff’s deputies and surrounding jurisdictions 24 hours a day.
King County Search Dogs
KCSD is the primary search and rescue canine resource in King County, and frequently responds to surrounding jurisdictions, as well. Staffed entirely by volunteers and dispatched by the King County Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit, these dedicated handlers respond to an average of nearly 60 searches a year, including missing persons and crime scene/homicide investigations.
Northwest Disaster Search Dogs
This group of dedicated volunteer dog handlers provide trained dogs, handlers, and support personnel to respond to man-made and natural disasters both locally and nationally. Recent deployments include the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center collapse and Hurricane Katrina.
Service Dog Organizations
Independence Guide Dog (IGD) is dedicated to increasing independence for blind individuals. Established in December 2011, IGD trains and places the highest quality German shepherd guide dogs in the U.S. through its groundbreaking “Home to Harness” and “LIFE Training” programs. Clients receive their dogs free of charge.
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence® provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. The most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart!
Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society)
Pet Partners is an international non-profit agency that helps people live happier and healthier lives by incorporating therapy, service, and companion animals into their lives. They do not receive any government funding.