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Service Animals

What is a Service Animal?

A service animal is any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal trained to give assistance to a person with a disability.  If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals even if they have not been licensed or certified by a state or local government.

What does a Service Animal do?

Service animals do things for a person with a disability that they cannot do for him or herself. Guide dogs are one type of service animal used by some people who are blind. But there are other service animals that can do lots of things. Some examples are:

Where can I find out more?

There is an excellent website through the EnDependence Center of Northern Virginia that can answer many questions you may have about service animals.  Information includes your rights and where to find service animals.



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