Service Dogs for Children

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Lodestar: Guiding Angels for the Blind

Founded in 2010 by Melissa Schroeder, was originally established to provide guide dogs to children who are blind or visually impaired. In 2019 Lodestar merged with Pawsible Angels to become Lodestar: by Pawsible and now serves children of all disabilities with service dogs and companion assistance dogs. 

Lodestar’s mission is to promote independence, confidence, self-esteem, and positive social support for children with disabilities. While Pawsible’s cost to train one Lodestar service dog is as much as $15,000, clients will only be responsible for a small fraction of this cost due to funding provided through private donations and fundraising events. The Lodestar program focuses on the quality of training and outstanding client support and satisfaction. Because we only train a small number of dogs each year, we are able to get to know our dogs in training intimately and are able to build close relationships with our clients and their families. 

Lodestar primarily uses dogs from shelters that are carefully evaluated and assessed specifically to meet your child’s needs. However, Lodestar is willing to evaluate any dog currently in your home for their suitability as your child’s service dog. We offer a variety of services to meet the specific needs of your child. Children must be 17 years or younger to qualify for services and must have a visual impairment, or disability, that severely limits mobility or daily functioning. All services are predominantly conducted in the child's home environment at a time that works best for YOU! 

Guide Dogs for Children 

Guide dogs are highly skilled service dogs trained to mitigate a child's vision impairment by helping them navigate through public places, as well as helping them feel safe and secure in their surroundings. Guide dogs may be used independently or with parental support, depending on the maturity, mobility, and skills of the child. The Guide Dog Program includes independent programs, parent facilitated programs, and mobility programs. Guide Dogs have full access rights to all public places. 

In order to qualify for a Guide Dog trained through Lodestar, one must: 

  • Be under 17 years of age 

  • Have a significant vision impairment that interferes with daily functioning both in and out of the home 

  • Complete a medical release and vision evaluation by licensed professionals 

  • Demonstrate the ability to properly care for and handle a service dog with parental support 

Mobility, Medical Alert, and Psych Dogs for Children 

Service dogs are trained to perform a wide variety of tasks to help mitigate a child's disability. These dogs can be dual trained to mitigate more than one disability and meet the specific needs of each child. Disabilities can include, but are not limited to, autism, mobility impairments, medical alerts, and psychiatric services. Service Dogs have full access rights to all public places. 

In order to qualify for a service dog trained through Lodestar, one must: 

  • Be 5-17 years of age 

  • Have a disability that interferes with daily functioning both in and out of the home 

  • Complete a medical release by a licensed professional 

  • Demonstrate the ability to properly care for and handle a service dog with parental support 

  • Be willing to participate in on-going Pawsible Angels training and graduate support program

Mobility, Medical Alert, and Psych Dogs for Children 

Service dogs are trained to perform a wide variety of tasks to help mitigate a child's disability. These dogs can be dual trained to mitigate more than one disability and meet the specific needs of each child. Disabilities can include, but are not limited to, autism, mobility impairments, medical alerts, and psychiatric services. Service Dogs have full access rights to all public places. 

In order to qualify for a service dog trained through Lodestar, one must: 

  • Be 5-17 years of age 

  • Have a disability that interferes with daily functioning both in and out of the home 

  • Complete a medical release by a licensed professional 

  • Demonstrate the ability to properly care for and handle a service dog with parental support 

  • Be willing to participate in on-going Pawsible Angels training and graduate support program


Companion Assistance Dogs 

Companion Assistance Dogs are not service dogs, but are well trained pets that can help provide comfort and support to your disabled child in their home environment. Companion Assistance dogs do not have any access rights top public places. 

In order to qualify for a Companion Assistance Dog trained through Lodestar, one must: 

  • Be under 17 years of age 

  • Have no other dogs in the home 

  • Have a disability or psychiatric impairment that interferes with daily functioning inside the home 

  • Have a prescription from a licensed medical professional 

  • Demonstrate the ability to properly care for and handle a dog with parental support


The process to receive a Pawsible Angels assistance dog includes multiple steps. Click the link below to find out if an assistance dog is right for you and start the process to receive more information.


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