About Free My Paws
From the desk of Free My Paw’s CCO (Chief Canine Officer)
Dear Fellow Service Animal owner:
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website www.FreeMyPaws.com.
As a child I wasn’t allowed to have a pet, but whenever I visited family or friends that had dogs I seemed to feel at peace. In my late teens a Doctor that was helping me with my disability suggested that having a dog would help me in my day-to-day life. Ever since, I have always had a dog and tried wherever possible to keep him with me at all times as he helps me deal with the stresses of everyday life. In the past, I experienced difficulties and sometimes embarrassment when I took my dog Grover with me to public places. Many business owners are ignorant of the laws and rights that have been put in place to protect those of us who have a disability and are genuinely in need of such support.
In January of 2008 I read an article about “Service Animals” and set out to discover what that meant and how I could receive the benefits and protections of relevant law for myself and my dog Grover. I discovered one of the many facets of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 specifically deals with the rights of disabled Americans with regard to where and how they may take their Service Animal. In short, if you are in fact disabled and your disability falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act’s definition of physical or mental impairment, then you may take your Service Animal almost anywhere you go, without the need to explain or justify yourself.
Our goal at Free My Paws is to help eliminate any hassle, doubt or embarrassment when you venture out in public and when you travel, by providing you with products that help explain the fact that you are disabled and utilizing your dog as a Service Animal. We do not provide medical advice or training for Service Animals, nor do we guarantee that you meet legal definitions for having a disability.
What we do is provide you with tools to help you alert others that you are a disabled person, availing yourself to rights accorded an owner of a Service Animal. The more we educate others, the greater your access to the places you need, with less aggravation.
Free My Paws provides high quality products that help get the word out about the use of Service Animals and legal rights of their owners. All of our products are hand finished at our production facility in Los Angeles, California. Our Secure ID Cards are manufactured using similar machines to the ones your state may use to create your driver’s license or state ID cards. Our Service Animal Vests are stitched and embroidered with the necessary identifying information and personalized with your Animal’s name. Each product offers durability, and comfort while clearly conveying that you are utilizing your companion as a Service Animal in a way the law protects for disabled persons.
The best testament to my belief in our products is that I use my Free My Paws ID and Vest each and every day. Grover accompanies me everywhere I go whether on a plane, ship, train, to court, the grocery store, my favorite restaurants, the beach, the movies or even to work! Gone are the hassles I’d previously experienced because he now carries papers and an outfit explaining that in my mind, Grover is no mere pet, he is a Service Animal who helps me with my disability. I do not know what I would do without him and I want to make sure you that if you are disabled, you too have the opportunity to experience the same level of respect and support, wherever you may go.
Please do not hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page. We at Free My Paws thank you again for your patronage and hope that this is the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship.
President and Co-Founder