Can someone with an emotional support dog bring his pet to public places? Will these establishments allow the animal in their premises? These are some of the common questions people with disabilities raise, but is there a definitive answer when it comes to emotional support animals?
Americans With Disabilities cites that emotional support dogs or animals do not have the training to do specific tasks in assisting a person with disability or impairment, unlike service animals. Hence, the pets may not be allowed to accompany their owner in public places ie. restaurants, stores, hotels. However, certain states provide their own laws about bringing emotional support dogs in public places. It is advisable to check with your local government for the rules that could apply to your predicament.
In some cases, local establishments – like hotels, restaurants and hospitals – may acknowledge that its guests or visitors require their emotional support animal to be with them at all times. To avoid any inconveniences, it is best to check their policies first and make proper arrangements with management when booking a room or reserving a table. Or better yet, pick a pet-friendly establishment to ascertain your chances of being allowed to bring the dog inside and avoid the hassle. For hospitals, arrangements could be made on a case by case basis.