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Service Animals


A service animal is an animal, usually a dog, that has been trained to perform specific tasks such as pulling a wheelchair or responding to seizures.

Service animals are permitted to go anywhere because of the.Americans With Disabilities Act.("ADA"). To be protected by the ADA, you must be "disabled" as defined by the  aw. To get an idea of how "disabled" is defined for purposes of these laws, see our discussion about the definition of disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act. As you will see, "disability" relates to the effect of your health condition on daily activities and to the perception of having a disability or a history of a disability. The definition does not depend on such physical qualities as being unable to get out of bed or being confined to a wheelchair. In fact, your "disability" may be invisible.

Establishment owners are permitted to ask two questions under the Americans with Disabilities Act:

  • Is the animal required because of a disability?
  • What work or task has the animal been trained to perform

Specific questions about a person's disability are off limits.

A service animal is a classified as a deductible medical expense.

NOTE: For information about Emotional Support Animals, and the difference between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals, click here.

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