In many states, it now a crime to refer to your untrained family pet as a “service dog.” If you spent money on service dog registration and certification, demand a refund.
When you consider a service dog, many people imagine a large breed dog assisting its visually-challenged hander.
These highly trained animals perform a variety of valuable services to disabled individuals, such as assisting with emotional and psychological disorders, hearing, seizure and other debilitating conditions.
Now for the bad news.
Bogus Online Service Dog Registration
Your rescue animal, saved from the pits of hell, with zero professional training does not magically transform into a “service animal” merely because you spent $100 buying various knick-knacks from the Internet. I mean, you’ve got that certificate from a “national service animal registry!”
According to one popular website, “By registering your service animal or emotional support animal in our registry and having proper credentials, 99% of businesses won’t even bother asking you about your service animal.”
Certification does not mean an individual dog is a service dog. Neither does registration or an official looking ID. There are several businesses selling fake certification, registration and IDs over the internet. The dog is never tested and nor is the disability verified.
Bogus. Totally bogus.
Sure you’re liable to “game the system,” you’ll “get one over” on the restaurant owner, and the what-not. And in the meantime, you’re making it that much harder for those folks with a legitimate need for an assistance animal.
So bravo to you!
Service Dog Certification
Here at ESADoggy, we don’t certify your service dog, we can’t register your emotional support animal, and within the pages of this site, you won’t find us selling emotional support dog vests.
Our job is simple.
We follow Federal Law, qualifying and approving individuals who suffer from a variety of emotional disabilities and who enjoy some respite from that turmoil through the love, attention, and affection of their animal.
When we first launched Boca Raton-based ESADoggy, we imagined a steady stream of self-entitled individuals, looking to save a few bucks on airline fees. And, oh there’s no doubt, those “self-entitled” individuals come our way. In fact, we regularly turn away clients, as it’s very apparent their duplicitous intentions.
Emotional Support Dog Registration
If you find websites offering service dog registration, animal registry, or the like, there’s an excellent chance you’re going to be taken to the cleaners. Your landlord will deny your request (and put a red flag in your file), and the airline will say no and stuff Fido down in the cargo hold.
And quite honestly and sorry to say, but landlords and airlines are entirely within their right to do so.
Please avoid the following:
Our business is emotional support animals. Under federal law, ESAs enjoy two rights. On the airplane with you, and in no-pets-allowed housing (no pet fees, around the pool, etc.). You can’t take the dog with you, not to the market, not to the bank, none of that.
Don’t blame us for people taking advantage … we tell ’em no, you can’t do that. We’re very aware of the needs of the physically challenged.
Here at our office, you’d not believe the horror stories all too often shared with us. These are truly gut-wrenching tales, direct from the mouths of wounded warriors, sexually abused victims, and people genuinely suffering from various emotional maladies.
The stories of soldiers coming back from overseas are particularly harrowing, and it just really breaks your heart.
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