Service Animals

Service Animals

Service and assistance animals provide much-needed support for people with disabilities by doing tasks that range from helping those with mobility issues navigate through traffic, alerting those with “hidden” disabilities of an oncoming seizure or panic attack, or activating emergency systems for those who cannot physically do so. The use of such animals, which keeps people with disabilities living and involved in their communities, is tightly regulated by federal and state civil rights laws, including the Maine Human Rights Act. This video explains what service and assistance animals are, and what rules apply to them and their owners.

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