Service Dogs Welcome at Desert Hope

Desert Hope is now accepting service and, in some cases, emotional support dogs. If you have a service dog or emotional support dog (defined below), please call to discuss your situation with an Admissions Navigator.

There is no additional cost associated with bringing a service animal; however, certain conditions may apply. For example, you may be required to supply food for your service dog. We can go over all details with you over the phone. 

What Is a Service Dog?

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There are many different types of task-trained service dogs to help individuals who suffer from various disabilities that significantly impact one or more life activity. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “service dogs” as those that are “….individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.”1

Types of service dogs include:”2,3

  • Guide Dogs—Assist individuals who are blind or otherwise significantly vision-impaired.
  • Autism Service Dogs—Trained to notice and interrupt negative behaviors associated with autism.
  • Hearing Dogs—Assists individuals with hearing loss by alerting them to sounds, like those of a doorbell, smoke alarm, oncoming cars, etc.
  • Medical Alert Dogs—Trained to either predict or respond to specific medical emergencies, such as heart attack, stroke, or seizures.
  • Psychiatric Service Dogs—Assists individuals with certain psychiatric issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, by performing tasks like detecting the onset of a psychiatric episode or protecting disoriented persons from danger.
  • Mobility Dogs—Helps those who have trouble walking/moving with tasks like opening doors and retrieving needed items.

What Are Emotional Support Dogs?

Emotional support dogs can provide vital support to someone with anxiety or depression or provide much-needed companionship; however, they are not the same as task-trained service dogs. Individuals who utilize emotional support dogs do not receive the same legal accommodations as those with service dogs.

The main difference between a service dog and an emotional support dog is that service dogs are specifically trained to perform certain tasks to assist the disabled handler.

Desert Hope may accept your emotional support dog. Please discuss the details with your Admissions Navigator when you call about treatment.

Are All Dogs Accepted?

We would love to accept all service and emotional support dogs; however, there may be cases where we cannot accept a specific dog. For example, dogs that are overly aggressive toward patients or who destroy property may not be able to remain in the facility.

We also do not accept dogs that are not specifically service or emotional support animals. For example, a companionate pet may not meet the requirements of either a service or emotional support animal.

At this time, we are only accepting dogs. For more information, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us at today. We are happy to discuss all details with you.   



  1. ADA National Network. (2014). Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.
  2. American Disability Rights, Inc. (n.d.). Service Dog Types.
  3. ADA National Network. (2014). Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.