Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Guide Dogs9776677
Sadly, many people are asking whether "service animal" laws are now being abused by those that want to scam the system.
There have been news stories, articles, opinion pieces as well as other editorials where people rant and complain about people they believe to be abusing the system. You hear some complain that they to sit near your dog at a restaurant they don't believe is really a "real" service dog, varieties complain that their neighbors have a pet in a "no pet" building because they claimed the pet is esa doctors.
Some of the commentary comes with 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 can it harder to navigate bureaucracy of the world when your claim of your disability and your service or emotional support animal's status is questioned. If a landlord or business proprietor has heard negative stories claiming that some people are abusing the system, it can cause these phones look suspiciously at all claimants.
Some landlord and companies have begun asking for proof of status, although asking for written or another evidence isn't necessarily legal, and although many owners of legitimate service animals and emotional support animals haven't taken advantage of registering them, and thus have no such documentation to produce.
It is the suspicious attitude and illegal demands of some landlords and business people that make registrations services just like the Service Animal Registry of California so fundamental to legitimate owners.
Although registration is optional, it can benefit shortcut the housing rental and business access issues when the owner can certainly produce a simple document which will often satisfy the owner or landlord. Also, when working with public spaces, it's easier to hand over a document with a simple sentence stating, "This is a service animal" and letting one other party read the information, rather than having a long-winded protracted conversation (or even worse, argument) in public, with onlookers listening in and gathering round the discussion.
So, carry out some people scam the system, or game regulations? Sadly, the reply is "probably yes." In everyday life, there is always room for abuse the ones can attempt to take advantage of many systems that we as a society applied to protect the rights of people who need such protection. As an example, many drivers falsely display disabled parking placards to benefit from free and convenient parking. As well as the number of people that lie on the tax returns, claim improper tax deductions, abuse shop return policies, or do other bad acts.
However that percentage of abuse, which around service animal laws is hopefully small, could well be a very small price to pay when compared to the higher goal of promoting access and equality for all.
In the end, you cannot control any system to really make it 100% abuse proof. So tolerating the not enough people who scam service animal laws is the price we gladly pay to make sure that the disabled in the great state of California have equal access under law.