Veteran Assistance Animal Guide




Companion Animal -This is an animal that does not work or do tasks.  It is primarily used as a companion or pet.  Any pet can be used as a Companion Animal.  This type of animal is NOT covered under the Americans with Disability Act or the Fair Housing Act.

Deaf and Hearing Loss Dogs - A dog that has been specially trained to alert their handler to noises around them.  Covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act.

Emotional Support Animal - A pet that provides therapeutic benefits to their owner through companionship and affection.  They are not trained to perform work or do tasks like Service dogs.  They require only as much training as an ordinary pet requires in order to not be dangerous or a nuisance.  If prescribed through a doctor these animals are covered under the Fair Housing Act.

Guide Dogs - A dog that has been specially trained to assist a visually impaired individual with everyday living.  Covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act.

Medical Response Dogs (Medical Alert Dogs) - A dog that has been specially trained to Alert their handler to conditions before they can occur.  For example they can sense when a diabetic person's blood sugar drops to low, they can also detect when a seizure is going to occur in their handler and alert them so they can prepare for it and prevent injuries. 

Mobility Assistance Dogs - A specially trained dog that has been trained to assist a physically disabled person who has mobility issues.  They provide balance and stability or assist in pulling wheelchairs.  These dogs are also trained to pick up items, open and close doors, and operate light switches.  Covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act.

Psychiatric Service Dogs - A specially trained dog that has been trained to assist with a psychiatric disability, there is a wide range of issues that a dog can help mitigate the symptoms of.  Covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act.

Therapy Dogs - This type of dog can have several different meanings.  Therapy Dogs are dogs that are trained to assist a medical professional with the performance of their duties.  They are also used as Comfort animals when they are trained by an individual to take into a facility for the therapeutic benefits of the residents.  In some instances dogs can be trained to work and live in a Facility to assist in the healing and recovery of individuals who are currently living there.  These animals are NOT covered under the Americans with Disability Act or the Fair Housing Act.

Assistance Animal Types