Service dog or support animal?

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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