DELTA SOCIETY- (with some editing from me)
The Difference Between:
Service, Therapy, Companion and Emotional Support Animals
|This service dog assists her handler by opening a door for her.|
|This dog is a therapy dog that helps with a literacy program at a library.|
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Therapy Animals are not legally defined by federal law, but some states have laws defining therapy animals. They provide people with contact to animals, but are not limited to working with people who have disabilities. They are commonly found visiting hospitals, nursing and rehab facilities, retirement homes, and there are some programs where they provide a listening ear to children practicing their reading skills (in library programs). They are typically the personal pets of their handlers, and work with their handlers to provide services to others. Federal laws have no provisions for people to be accompanied by therapy animals in places of public accommodation that have "no pets" policies. Therapy animals frequently only have access to the places they visit only when they are scheduled to work. Therapy animals are not service animals, but service animals can be therapy animals.
|This dog works in a therapist's office and provides comfort to the clients if they need it. (Rest in Peace Daisy.)|
A Companion Animal is not legally defined, but is accepted as another term for pet.
|This dog is a pet or "companion animal". He loves his kids, and they love him!|
Emotional Support Animals have no legal definition. They are animals who's primary job is that of a pet. They are allowed in "No Pets" housing to provide comfort to an individual with a disability. Otherwise they have no public access where as a service dog does. Emotional Support animals are allowed onto Airplanes as long as the handler has a note from a healthcare provider. The letter must be shown at the airport. People may also call these animals Comfort Dogs or Emotional Comfort dogs.
|This dog is in training to be a service dog. she is gently playing fetch with this 2 year old.|