Does a hospital have to allow an in-patient with a disability to keep a service animal in his or her room? Generally, yes. Service animals must be allowed in patient rooms and anywhere else in the hospital the public and patients are allowed to...read more
Do apartments, mobile home parks and other residential properties have to comply with the ADA? The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to housing programs administered by state and local governments, such as public housing...read more
Can my service dog go anywhere? Your service dog can go anywhere that the public is allowed to go. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores,...read more
Can hotels assign designated rooms for guests with service animals, out of consideration for other guests? No. A guest with a disability who uses a service animal must be provided the same opportunity to reserve any available room at the hotel...read more
Are stores required to allow service animals to be placed in a shopping cart? Generally, the dog must stay on the floor, or the person must carry the dog. For example, if a person with diabetes has a glucose alert dog, he may carry the dog in a...read more
Are Gyms, Hotels or Municipalities With Swimming Pools Required to Allow a Service Animal in the Pool with its Handler?
Are gyms, fitness centers, hotels or municipalities that have swimming pools required to allow a service animal in the pool with its handler? No. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) does not override public health rules that prohibit dogs in swimming pools....read more
When Might a Service Dog’s Presence Fundamentally Alter the Nature of a Service or Program Provided to the Public?
When might a service dog’s presence fundamentally alter the nature of a service or program provided to the public? In most settings, the presence of a service animal will not result in a fundamental alteration. However, there are some exceptions. For example, at a...read more
What questions can someone legally ask to determine if a dog is a service animal? In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions: (1) Is the dog a service animal? (2) What work or task has the dog been...read more
What is a service animal? The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA...read more
Today Mason and I are celebrating our first full month as a working team. We are still getting to know each other but I have earned his trust and loyalty and there is no shortage of that to go around with this dog. I got my second official alert last night, and it...read more