In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (28 CFR §35.104 and 28 CFR §36.104), “Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability.”
Examples of such work or tasks include guiding individuals who are blind, alerting individuals who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and/or protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other specific duties. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans With Disabilities Act.