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Published: May 15, 2019
Five Fast & Furry-ous Facts…

Golden Retriever Service Dog

Golden Retriever Service Dog

By Amber Carlton

About Service Animals

  1. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as one that has been individually trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  2. Only dogs and miniature horses qualify. So no cats, birds, snakes, or squirrels!
  3. A service animal doesn’t have to wear a vest, ID tag, or specific harness.
  4. Proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal is not required.
  5. If a service animal is out of control or not housebroken, access may be legally denied.

About Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)

  1. ESAs are often used as part of medical treatment for anxiety and phobias.
  2. ESAs provide comfort but are not specially trained.
  3. Unlike service animals, ESAs are not protected under the ADA.
  4. Access for ESAs is up to the discretion of the business or property owner.
  5. Falsely representing an ESA as a service animal can result in a fine and harms those who depend on trained service animals.

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