Much has been made recently about the rules and recognitions belonging to the different service classes of dogs and other animals. We break down the differences here:
Service dog: (U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section)
- Only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the American With Disabilities Act (ADA)
- A service animal is a dog that is trained to do certain work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Such work includes guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medication, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack or performing other services. They are working animals, not pets.
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