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How Does a Therapy Dog Differ from a Service Animal?

Therapy animals, service animals and emotional support animals, what’s the difference?  There are three distinct categories with different laws applying to each.  While this article will deal mainly with therapy dogs, it is worth taking a minute to explain the differences.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) allows service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go. Members of the public are generally allowed to go into state and local government offices, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act 0f 2008 (“ADAAA”) states employers must recognize service animals as a form of reasonable accommodation.  This article discusses the rights and responsibilities of the employer and disabled employee when a disabled employee requires a service animals while at work.

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