Service Dog IDs

Because of increasing numbers of phonies who wish to pass their pets off as service dogs -- in spite of the simple facts that they are not disabled, their pets do not even meet the rudimentary requirements of training and because these fakers make things difficult for those of us who are disabled and need our Service Dogs -- direct access to this site has been disabled.

However, if you are legitimately disabled and have a service dog -- whether trained by an organization or home-schooled (i.e., owner-trained) -- you are invited to send an email to SDID@owner-trained-service-dogs.com and include three pieces of information.

In response, you will be sent a link to the Service Dog ID site itself. Before responding, however, please read the following:

Please note: Faking a disability and/or attempting to present a pet as a Service Dog is a Federal Crime and is subject to both fines and felony charges. If you ARE NOT disabled (or helping someone who is) please do not respond here. We are not here to assist the morally crippled because that is not a recognised disability.

Also please note: These IDs have no legal validity simply because no ID is required for any service dog (or other service animal).

The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.

(emphasis mine, see http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm for the original text)

These IDs are for convenience only simply because showing an ID -- even though none is required -- can greatly simplify matters, particularly when dealing with individuals who are too dense or too uneducated to understand the simple facts defined by the ADA. Again, these are not legally valid nor required ... but they are very convenient.