Assistance Animals

This page contains information on service and assistance animals used by people with disabilities.

On March 15, 2011 the definition of a "service animal" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed and now defines a "service animal" as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The Act also allows trained miniature horses as alternatives to dogs, subject to certain limitations.

For further information on these changes, please go to Section 35.136 Service animals in Part 35 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services (as amended by the final rule published on September 15, 2010), U.S. Department of Justice.

Revised ADA Requirements:Service Animals (HTML) | (PDF|243 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA (HTML) | (PDF|356 KB)


United States Capitol building Legal Issues Related to Assistance and Service Animals

Includes information on service or assistance animals in health-care facilities, air travel, fair housing, etc.

Assistance Animals for the Disabled, 2004

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

Provides information about the various of assistance animals, the services they provide and the laws that affect them