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SERVICE ANIMALS

We regularly receive requests for guests to bring animals to The Gant. While we do not accept pets, we do allow service animals. Below are some commonly asked questions regarding what constitutes a service animal.

What is a service animal? Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as an animal that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the animal must be directly related to the person’s disability.

Does the animal “do work or perform tasks?” The service animal must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability. For example, a person with diabetes may have an animal that is trained to alert him/her when their blood sugar reaches high or low levels. Or, a person with epilepsy may have an animal that is trained to detect the onset of a seizure and then help the person remain safe during the seizure.

Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals (ESAs) considered service animals under the ADA? No.  ESAs are more specifically chosen as companions to individuals who are psychologically or emotionally disabled. These companions can range from a dog, a cat, or other domesticated animals. ESAs are not trained to perform tasks or recognize particular signs or symptoms but are distinguished by the close, emotional, and supportive bond between the animal and the owner.

Are service-animals-in-training considered service animals under the ADA? No. Under the ADA, the animal must already be trained before it can be taken into public places.

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