Service Animals, Emotional Support, and Guide Dogs1195282
Sadly, some individuals are asking whether "service animal" laws are being abused by people who want to scam the machine.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces along with other editorials where people rant and complain about people they feel to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they had to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is a "real" service dog, varieties complain their neighbors use a pet in a "no pet" building simply because they claimed your pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary posseses an indignant tone, and a few people are downright angry.
How can this affect those that legitimately own and use a service animal to raised their lives? In many ways.
For one, it may it more difficult to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability along with your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or company owner has heard negative stories claiming that many people are abusing the machine, it can cause them to look suspiciously whatsoever claimants.
Some landlord and business people have begun asking for proof of status, despite the fact that asking for written or other evidence might not be legal, although many people who just love legitimate service animals and emotional support animals never have 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 companies that make registrations services such as the Service Animal Registry of California so important legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it will also help shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can create a simple document which will often fulfill the owner or landlord. Also, when utilizing public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document having a simple sentence stating, "This is really a service animal" and letting another party read the information, instead of having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public places, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, perform some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the answer is "probably yes." In life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that individuals as a society applied to protect the rights of people who need such protection. For example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to take advantage of free and convenient parking. Not to mention the number of folks who lie on their tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse store 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 price to pay when compared to the higher purpose of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you can not control any system to make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the few individuals who scam service animal laws may be the price we gladly pay to ensure the disabled within the great state of California have equal access under law.