Discover York County 2019

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and helping to find missing people, Prince is also savvy with social media and has his own Facebook page ( and Instagram account (@det.prince). While Prince is a proud member of law enforcement, civilian canines are also working to better their communities. Service dogs are a well-known example of animals that provide important and life-saving assistance to human individuals. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, and the ADA specifies that the tasks performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability. Organizations that supply trained dogs to individuals in York County with disabilities include Susquehanna Service Dogs and UDS Service Dogs. These focused and hard-working canines can help individuals to live more full and independent lives by assisting with daily tasks and alerting their owners to potential dangers. As the dogs are tasked with helping to ensure the health and safety of their owners, members of the public should not pet or interact with them, as to not distract them from their important duties. Pets that have not undergone the rigorous training required of a service animal can still make a positive impact on the community. An example of this in York County is KPETS, a network of registered volunteer teams where a person partners with his or her companion animal to provide comfort, encouragement, and rehabilitation through human/animal interactions. The animals that work through KPETS

Leg Up Farm occupational therapist Gabrielle Spangler works with client LJ. Therapeutic horsemanship is one of many therapy services offered at Leg Up Farm. are therapy dogs, not service dogs or emotional support dogs, so they are not specially trained and placed with a specific person to recognize medical conditions (like service dogs) or to provide therapeutic support to a specific patient with a disabling mental illness (like emotional support dogs). Rather, KPETS’ animal volunteers are companion pets that provide therapy to humans, and the KPETS volunteer teams visit only where they have been invited. York County boasts many KPETS teams, which may be found visiting in health-related facilities, social agencies, special needs programs,


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