Is a Therapy Dog a Service Dog?

No.   A certified therapy dog is not a Service Dog.  

A certified therapy dog is not a service dog, therefore, neither the dog nor the handler has the same rights as a service dog team. Therapy dogs are not recognized by the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and do not have public access rights.

We are also unable to certify a registered Service Dog as a certified therapy dog (dual purpose).  We do not allow registered Service Dogs to work in our programs while assisting the handler’s individual needs.   If you require assistance by a Service Dog and want to volunteer with us as well, we are unable to assist you.