Is a Service Dog Right for Me?
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|The number of Service Dog scams are increasing at an alarming
rate. Before sending money or getting involved, check out the
You Know You're Being Scammed When . . .
- They won't give you references.
- You can't visit their kennels.
- They won't tell you who is on their Board of Directors.
- The trainers don't return your phone calls.
- They aren't registered as a charity in their state.
- You can't verify their IRS 501(c)(3) status.
- They aren't incorporated with at least three unrelated directors.
- They ask that checks be made out to them personally
(Write a check to the charity -- not to the person standing in front of you.).
- No fee or donation required to apply for a Service Dog.
- They won't give you a copy of their annual report.
- They won't give you a copy of their annual IRS Form 990.
- They say it costs too much to send you printed information
before you make a donation.
- They won't tell you how long their waiting list is.
- The people running the organization don't use the dogs they
- They claim they can train a dog to predict the future.
Be sure to check for complaints filed with:
- The local Better Business Bureau
- The state or local licensing board
- The state Attorney General's office
- The Secretary of State's office
For more information:
Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
IRS.gov - Search
for Publication 78 to verify an organization's 501(c)(3) status.