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Service Animal Resources

A guidance on the term of "service animal" and new ADA service requirements.

How "Service Animal" Is Defined

Service animals are dogs (and in some cases, miniature horses) individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.  They are working animals, not pets.  The work or tasks the service animal has been trained to do must be directly related to the person's disability. Examples of common tasks and work provided by service animals may include guiding the blind, attending the deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person experiencing a seizure, reminding a person to take prescribed medications, or calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack.