Will insurance or the county help pay for the dog?

No, in our experience, neither insurance nor county services will help pay for a service dog. A good way to think of this situation is to think of a person with blindness--while their doctor may prescribe a service dog, an insurance company will only pay for a cane, not a dog. If you want a service dog, you have to get one yourself through an organization, not through insurance.

Note: We realize that this is probably not the answer you wanted to hear, but hopefully, at least now you have the information and can make a fully-informed decision.