Legal Advice: Emotional-Support Animals
Do you really have to accommodate that emotional-support turtle?
Q: “Are businesses required to accommodate emotional-support animals the same way they would other types of service animals?”
A: “From the 10,000-foot overview, the answer is no. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) distinguishes between emotional-support animals and other service animals. There’s a very specific definition in the ADA of what a service animal is. With respect to emotional-support animals, businesses are generally not required to accommodate them the same way. The Denver Commission for People with Disabilities has published a helpful fact sheet that likely will answer most business owners’ questions.”—Spencer J. Kontnik, partner, Kontnik Cohen, LLC
Talk to us! Email your experiences (and thoughts, opinions, and questions—anything, really) to firstname.lastname@example.org.