An “assistance animal” is any animal that helps a person with a disability in their home. Assistance animals are sometimes called service animals, companion animals, emotional support animals or therapy animals.
Assistance animals are different from service animals. Unlike service animals, assistance animals do not need to be specially trained. Assistance animals can also be any reasonable animal.
The animal may help you to do certain things, such as:
- help you move around if you are blind or visually impaired
- alert you that your blood sugar is too low if you are diabetic
- let you know when an alarm is going off if you are hearing impaired, or
- alert someone if you have fallen.
The animal may give you emotional support, like:
- help you stay calm
- help you with depression, or
- help you to leave the house when you have trouble doing so alone.
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