An acquaintance going through financial hardship in NYC has to give up her large puppy It is a trained service puppy Where can we find it a new role

I don’t think a new role is something that is necessarily realistic or the best option. You cannot really get a SD to turn off like a switch. It would be better to try to find someone who can foster the puppy until it can be returned to its handler. This would be better for the puppy if it could be someone who knows its tasks and can help keep up their skills.

However, in order to work for anyone else, that person would have to have a similar disability, assistance needs, ability to exercise etc which is unlikely.

If the dog was placed through a program, reach out to them to see if they can help and or take the dog back into their care.

If none of those are possible, try placing the dog with someone able to do dog sports, scent work or train for search and rescue. Any of these would help give the dog a new ‘job’.

Good luck!

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Thank you for the A2A.

As someone else’s trained service dog it would not be considered a service dog in her care unless she has a disability and the animal is trained to do tasks for her. If this is the case then there would be no way for her to keep the animal and would have to re-home it. I suggest working with rescues of that breed(s).

If the animal has been placed as an emotional support animal then legally the animal can remain with her. She will need a letter from her primary physician.

Service Dog Registry

That website has some great letter templates that your doctor can use.

You would also need a reasonable accommodation letter request.

That site has some examples of those types of forms.

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If she is legally disabled and the dog is really a service dog then it is illegal in the US for a landlord to refuse her on the basis on the dog. She should reach out to a local tenant’s or disabled rights non-profit for help.

If she is not legally disabled, then I don’t know what you mean by “service dog” since those are legally only service dogs when working with a disabled handler.

To rehome a dog in general, look into breed-specific and all-breed rescue groups. Many will at least do a “courtesy listing” on their website while you keep the dog until you can find it a home.

Before you do that, though, I always suggest reaching out to other “dog people” who know the dog – the dog’s vet, trainers, groomers, dog-walkers, etc. It may be that they know someone looking for just such a dog.

Unfortunately a lot of service dogs who go into training don’t pass so this problem is not uncommon. However, your dog a retired animal which could be to a benefit. Not knowing much else on the subject besides that if I wanted to adopt a failed or retired service dog, I would call local service dog schools. They already have lists for placement set up. An older dog is perfect for a senior companion animal.

Reasonable remedies to ask for include training for employees regarding service animal access, or a sign on the door that confirms that service animals are permitted. If a business owner continues to deny access, then a complaint may be filed with the U.S. Department of Justice. They are only allowed to bark non-aggressively, though, in a manner in line with their training. Aggressive barking, which is relatively common in non-service animals or dogs with minimal domestic training, is generally forbidden — when a service dog barks, it is with a purpose, and not as a sign of aggression. Esther Wheeler