From Guide Dogs to Therapy Squirrels: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Animal Welfare Professionals

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Thu, Mar 28th, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Thu, Mar 28th, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
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Thu, Mar 28th, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT

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What happens when a person is bitten by a guide dog for the visually impaired, or the owner of an emotional support animal is hospitalized? The lines defining service animals and companion animals seem to be continually blurring in today’s society, and as Animal Welfare Professionals we must walk the line of performing our duties to the best of our ability and not violating the rights of those in our community.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed in part to protect the rights of citizens who need the assistance of animals in day to day life. However, it can also create uncertainty in the field when performing investigations or potentially derail an otherwise clear-cut case.

This sessionĀ is designed to give insight into interactions with individuals potentially protected by the ADA, what options agencies may have when a service animal is involved in an investigation and some of the more unique applications of the law.


The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) was formed in 1978 for the express purpose of assisting its members to perform their duties in a professional manner. We believe only carefully selected and properly trained animal control personnel can correct community problems resulting from irresponsible animal ownership. NACA’s purpose is to preserve the Human/Animal Bond by insisting on responsible animal ownership.



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