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Resources for Pet Owners

We've put together a comprehensive list of resources for pet guardians who are struggling, as well as senior citizens, people with disabilities, and people who are seriously ill.

Know Your Rights

Americans With Disabilities Act

One in four U.S. adults - 61 million Americans - live with a disability, according to the Center for Disease Control [CDC]. The Americans With Disabilities Act [ADA] requires state and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public to make "reasonable modifications" in their policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is allowed to go. Breed or size restrictions not permitted. Note that emotional support, therapy, comfort, and companion animals are not considered Service Animals under the ADA.

Fair Housing Act [FHA]

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.

  • Applies to dwellings only.
  • U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] and Housing and Urban Development [HUD] enforce this act.
  • More protections granted to individuals living with a disability than the ADA.
  • Requires access for Service and Assistance animals.
  • Breed and weight restrictions not permitted.