It is. The only species allowed are dogs and horses and it must be trained to do an action that is not innate to its nature that assists to compensate for the disability. For example, warning someone that a seizure is imminent so they can sit or lie down in order to avoid falling injury. The animal cannot be denied entry into a building unless there's certain safety issues involved (mostly dealing with food), cannot be restricted to certain parts of the business if other people (like other customers) can go into the rest of the building, but can be told to leave if the animal misbehaves.The service animal thing needs to be explicitly defined by law (if it isn't already, idk) because you know some ass clown is going to bring their service rhinoceros to a store and kill someone
This whole paragraph was a wild ride, thank youMost of the guests at my store seem to be fairly ordinary folks but the one memorable WTF moment was this...thing...that I almost bumped into last year. It was wearing ridiculously ugly heel boots, striped stockings, a frilly hoop skirt and bodice that appeared to have something stuffed under it to look like tits. It was of average height but had a head about the size of a grapefruit. I said "excuse me" and it let out a guttural bellow that didn't sound like anything in the normal range of human vocalization. Wew. I'm guessing Uber has expanded its service to other planets since I didn't see a flying saucer in the parking lot.
thats good to know. A stupid lady brought her dog in our starbucks and our TPS asked if she could show the papers for the dog to make sure its a service animal.. she said; he is an emotional support. a tiny shaking chihuahua.. is an emotional support while she chat really loud and obnoxious with her friend, and she didnt have to show anything. Our TPS walked away because she looked like she was about to cause a scene. Then she asked for his name, but our tps just ignored her and he went inside the office. And at that point some people who were having their croissants and starbucks close to her moved seats. She did seem a little crazy and probably needed that dog for emotional support. I was on my break, trying to order a drink.Service animals are covered by law, the ADA, I believe.
The problem is that everyone and anyone can buy an official-looking vest and call their dog a service dog and there's not much anyone can do about it.
Emotional support animals are not covered under the ADA, and Target doesn't legally need to accommodate them, and we were told Target does not accommodate any animals except service animals.
This is actually what I was told. In the same way that we can't question a guest for using an electric cart, we can't ask guests about the legitimacy of their service pet, whether or not they need them in there, or if it's even a service animal at all.I believe official best practice is do not question the dogs service status and allow it so long as it doesn’t cause any trouble
Not always. There are genuine ESAs, and they have special housing laws, so government recognized. Service dogs are expensive and many people with psychiatric disorders so severe they need the support also are too disabled to have the jobs that would make a service animal affordable. ESAs fill the gap.Emotional support animal... I think the word you are looking for is “pet”.
All this, and amazing as it sounds, some dogs can tell when an epileptic seizure is coming and alert their person to prepare for it. Not that it applies to having a service dog in the store, but some dogs can smell cancer, too.Not always. There are genuine ESAs, and they have special housing laws, so government recognized. Service dogs are expensive and many people with psychiatric disorders so severe they need the support also are too disabled to have the jobs that would make a service animal affordable. ESAs fill the gap.
Some people can't even leave their homes without their ESA, their anxiety level is so severe. Others can, but the chances of a panic attack is so high that the ESA could be the difference between hiding in a corner for 10 minutes while the presence of the ESA gets the person calm or an ambulance trip to the emergency room. ESAs can also be an anchor of reality for someone in the grips of mania and give someone with depression a reason to live, to keep fighting. Some people with depression would go without food because shopping is too much energy and yet will find the strength to get cat or dog food and then pick themselves up something while getting the pet food.
Seizure sensing dogs are service animals. Dogs can also sense a blood sugar drop and signal the owner to take glucose tablets and eat.All this, and amazing as it sounds, some dogs can tell when an epileptic seizure is coming and alert their person to prepare for it. Not that it applies to having a service dog in the store, but some dogs can smell cancer, too.
The problem is that every entitled bitch knows we can't ask for proof, so they lie their ass off and say yes, it is a service animal, even as it's pulling on the leash.A business can ask two questions - "Is that a service animal?" and "What has it been trained to do?" Can't ask for papers, can't insist on a demonstration of trained skills, just those two questions. In all honesty though, all you need is the first one. They answer no, you can tell them to leave.