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Regulation and Grant Application Resources Page

At VetPets of Southwestern Pennsylvania, we strive to provide the necessary resources to individuals and their families who are in need of a therapy or service dog. We are dedicated to helping those in the local area, and our team of volunteers works hard to make sure that you have access to the forms, certifications, registrations, and legal and financial information necessary to get your service dog.

Our goal is to make the process of getting a therapy or service dog as stress-free and straightforward as possible. We understand that a service dog can be a life-changing asset in an individual’s life, and we are here to help navigate you through the process.

We are adding new information to assist you almost daily check back with us to see the exciting information we are uploading.

Please check back with us daily as we update information to better serve you. Click on the titles to gain a better understanding of each topic. (Provided by

  • Emotional support dogs (ESAs) are pets and not service dogs.

  • Mental health professionals prescribe emotional support animals under the law.

  • Airlines are no longer required to accommodate emotional support animals.

Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

A service animal is any breed and any size of dog that is trained to perform a task to help a disability. Go to for more information. 

2023 Grant Application

We have a simple grant application coming online to aid those wishing to get help covering the cost of hands-on therapy dog and service dog training. Please check back as we add this new application as a link to the title to the left.   

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