What is a Service Dog?

What is a Service Dog?

I am a Service Dog
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 this person is accompanied by a Service Dog – an animal individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities.
Service Dogs are working animals, not pets.


In accordance with “The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990” businesses may ask:

  1. Is this a Service Dog?
  2. What tasks does the Service Dog perform?


Businesses May Not:

  1. Require special identification for the dog.
  2. Ask about the person’s disability.
  3. Charge additional fees because of the dog.
  4. Refuse admittance, isolate, segregate, or treat this person less favorably than other patrons.


A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless:

  1. The animal is out of control and the animal’s owner does not take effective action to control it.
  2. The animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
  3. Any business that sells or prepares food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises. Refusal to provide equal access to people with disabilities with service animals is a federal civil rights violation, provided by the American Disability Act of 1990. Violators of the ADA can be required to pay money damages and penalties.


Questions concerning the ADA and service animals, please call the U.S. Dept. of Justice ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301.