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What To Know About Service Animals

Looking for information on registering your pet as a service animal? Here are a few things you should know about service animals.

Kelsey: Hi, I’m Kelsey, and this is Ryan, and we are from Bentley’s Pet Stuff.

Ryan: Just like many of you out there, we at Bentley’s are firm believers that our pets simply aren’t pets. Not only are they our friends and family, but for many people, their pets are their eyes and ears, their source of emotional stability, and partners in living everyday life. Today, we’re here to help answer questions about service animals, and alleviate any confusion one may have.

Kelsey: There are three categories that an animal trained to serve will fall under. The service animal is trained to assist an individual with major life tasks, who have a disability. Typically, these animals are dogs that can perform a variety of tasks, including assisting the blind, alerting the authorities if someone’s fallen, assisting during a seizure, or even reminding a handler to take medicine at set intervals.

Ryan: The second category that your animal may fall under is an ESA, or emotional support animal. These animals provide companionship and support to individuals suffering from various emotional and mental conditions. These animals are not trained to assist in major life tasks like service animals are, but they do provide comfort and love to their handlers. Any domesticated pet can be considered an ESA, provided that you’ve been diagnosed by a mental health professional.

Kelsey: The final category that your animal may fall under is a therapy animal. Much like ESAs, these animals are not trained to assist in major life tasks, but are used to bring comfort to individuals in nursing homes, hospitals, and after natural disasters. These dogs are typically very calm dogs, and they’re simply there to provide love and compassion to an individual in a poor situation or condition.

Ryan: All of these animals are typically easily recognized, as they’re wearing a vest signifying their service. Though it is not required by law, it is highly recommended to alleviate any confusion.

Kelsey: There are multiple laws protecting you and your service animal, but we do recommend registering your animal so that traveling and living with your companion is stress-free.

Ryan: If you are interested in finding out more info about service animals, or registering your own animal, please visit nsarco.com or usdogregistry.org.

Kelsey: From all of us here at Bentley’s, thanks for watching.

Ryan: And, as always, don’t forget to treat your pets as you want to be treated.

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