Mental Health Assistance Dogs - Life Gets Better

Emotional Support Dogs Change Lives



An Understanding Friend 

Emotional Support Dogs provide therapeutic, physiological and psychological benefits to individuals with special needs.  These special needs can range from depressive disorders to Tourette syndrome; and include physical conditions such as, Lupus or Multiple Sclerosis.  Emotional Support Dogs can also benefit older adults by providing affection, companionship, emotional comfort and support, and encouraging physical activity.   



A Perfect Fit for You

Heeling Allies Emotional Support Dogs are custom selected and tailor trained to meet the unique lifestyle needs of each of our clients.  Heeling Allies dogs are steady, stable, well-mannered allies; that possess strong obedience skills, take direction promptly and willingly, and have kind dispositions, and are good with adults, children and other animals.  


Emotional Support Dogs often provide their handlers with:

  • Relief from feelings of isolation.

  • An increased sense of well-being.

  • Daily structure and healthy habits.

  • An increased sense of security.

  • An increased sense of self-efficacy.

  • An increased sense of self-esteem.

  • An increased sense of purpose.

  • Mood improvement, and increased optimism.

  • A secure and uncomplicated relationship.

  • A dependable and predictable love.

  • Affection and nonjudgmental companionship.

  • Motivation to exercise.

  • Encouragement for social interactions.

  • Reduction in debilitating symptoms.

  • Greater access to the world.

  • Around-the-clock support emotional support.   

Disabilities served include: developmental disorders, psychiatric conditions, and physical impairments. 

Our dog, Mori, has provided a sense of calmness and fun in my daughter's life.  We've brought Mori to my daughter's counseling meetings and other locations, and he has turned out to be a perfect addition to our family.  In fact, he has helped my younger daughter and me too. 

- K.S., Heeling Allies client

Thank you for your interest in our program!  Heeling Allies is not currently accepting new client applications.  The most reputable resources for persons interested in teaming up with a service dog are Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP).  Please visit the websites of ADI and IAADP for more information.  Visit heelingalliesproject.org to see what the Heeling Allies team is up to now.  

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