Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs2135912
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by those that want to scam the device.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces and other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your pet dog at a restaurant which they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, or others complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the animal is esa doctors near me.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and some people are downright angry.
How does this affect those who legitimately own and employ a service animal to raised their lives? In lots of ways.
For one, it could it more challenging to navigate bureaucracy on the planet when your claim of a disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If your landlord or business owner has heard negative stories claiming that some individuals are abusing the system, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, even though asking for written or other evidence is not always legal, although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals have not taken advantage of registering them, and so have no such documentation to make.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business owners that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues once the owner can create a simple document that may often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it is usually easier to give a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting another party see the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering across the discussion.
So, do some people scam the device, or game the law? Sadly, the answer then is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse and individuals can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society set up to protect the rights of those who need such protection. For instance, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of people who lie on their own tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which in the area of service animal laws is hopefully small, is arguably a very small investment when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for those.
In the end, you can't control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great condition of California have equal access under law.