A service dog certificate is an important document that allows your furry friend to accompany you in places where pets are not typically allowed, such as on airplanes and in restaurants.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires businesses to allow service animals into all areas of the business where customers are normally allowed, even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises. Because of this, it is important that you have the proper documentation for your service animal so that you can avoid any potential hassle when out and about with your four-legged friend.
There are a few things you need before you can get your pet certified as a service animal. First, your dog must be trained to perform a specific task or tasks that mitigate your disability. These tasks can include but are not limited to:
-Guiding people who are blind or have low vision
-Alerting people who are deaf or hard of hearing
-Pulling a wheelchair
-Calming a person during an anxiety attack
-Retrieving medication or other items
In order to get your pet certified, you will need to get a recommendation from a licensed mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, social worker, etc. This professional must confirm that your disability meets the ADA’s definition of a disability and that having a service animal is necessary for mitigating the symptoms of your disability. You will also need to provide documentation that proves your dog has been trained to perform the specific task or tasks required to mitigate your disability.
Once you have gathered all of the required documentation, you can apply for a service animal certificate through an organization such as the United States Service Dog Registry or Service Dog Certifications Online. These organizations will require you to submit the documentation listed above along with an application fee. Once your application has been processed, you will receive your service animal certificate in the mail.
Having a service animal can be a life-changing experience for those suffering from disabilities, but it is important to make sure that you have all of the necessary documentation before taking your furry friend out in public places. By following the steps outlined above, you can apply for and receive a service animal certificate without any trouble. With this certification in hand, you and your loyal companion will be able to go wherever you please!