Animal helpers for humans
What is a service animal?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines service animals as dogs or miniature horses trained to do specific work or tasks to meet a disabled person's needs. Pets, comfort or companion animals that provide emotional support are not service animals.
What tasks do service animals perform?
Service animals perform specific tasks for people with disabilities. Some of the things they can do include:
- Alert a person with diabetes when their blood glucose level is too high or too low.
- Remind a person with depression to take their medication.
- Detect the onset of seizures for a person with epilepsy.
Where are service animals allowed?
Service animals can go anywhere the general public can go:
- Food establishment, including buffets.
- Grocery stores.
- Clothing stores.
- Sporting events.
- Festivals or fairs.
- Service Animal FAQ for Businesses and Consumers—Frequently asked questions about service animals and the ADA.