Why should I register my Service or Emotional Support Animal with US Support Animals instead of somewhere else?
We provide the highest quality products and the best service and support. We are the only major registry that provides live telephone support and live online chat to answer your questions and help you solve problems both before and after you register. Most other registries don’t even publish a phone number for you to call.
Also, should you need it, we are the only major registry to provide our registrants access to the assistance and advice of our in-house attorneys and attorneys in our network if someone is violating your animal’s rights.
We have countless people contact us after registering elsewhere asking us to help with problems caused by another registration service. Unfortunately, if you register with someone else, you must utilize whatever customer service they provide.
Who We Are
US Support Animals was founded in 2010 to provide the highest quality identification products for Service Animals. Our goal is to help eliminate any hassle, doubt or embarrassment when you venture out in public or travel with your service animal.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects the rights of disabled Americans and their use of a Service Animal. In short, if you meet the ADA definition of physical or mental impairment, then you may take your Service Animal almost anywhere you go, without the need to explain or justify yourself. Many business owners however, are ignorant or misinformed about these laws and rights which have been put in place to protect those of us who have a disability and are genuinely in need of such support. US Support Animals provides you with products which alert others that you are a disabled person and entitled to access rights with your Service Animal.
US Support Animals provides high quality products which clearly identify your Service Animal and outline the your legal rights. All of our products are hand finished at our production facility in Louisiana. Our Secure ID Cards are manufactured using similar machines to the ones your state may use to create your driver’s license or state ID cards. Our Service Animal Vests are finished with Patches that clearly identify your animal. Each product offers durability and comfort while clearly conveying that you are accompanied by a Service Animal and protected by the ADA.
Please do not hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions or concerns that cannot be answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page. We at US Support Animals thank you again for your patronage and hope that this is the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship.
Veterans with PTSD can register their dogs as service animals. Other animals can be registered as Emotional Support Animals. We are sensitive to the specific needs of veterans.
What is the Federal Law?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows for individuals with medical disabilities, psychiatric disorders, or PTSD to register their dogs as service animals. Individuals with depression or anxiety can register their animals as Emotional Support Animals. This allows you to keep your animal if you live in no pet housing and to keep the animal with you for support.
Avoid Pet Related Travel Fees and Qualify For No Pet Housing!
Many people register their dogs as Service Animals or Emotional Support Animals (ESA) so they can accompany them into stores, restaurants, motels, or on airline flights (for no extra cost). Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals qualify for housing where pets aren’t allowed. Property managers are required to make reasonable accommodations to permit a disabled handler to keep a Service Dog or Emotional Support Animal (ESA), even when a landlord’s policy explicitly prohibits pets, as set forth in the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Does My Service Dog Have to Be Professionally Trained?
No, you can train your own dog to be a service dog. Most people train their own service animal, therapy animal, or emotional support animal.
What Is Included In the $79.95 Registration Fee?
- Certificate of Registration
- Lifetime Registration into the National Support Database
- 1 PVC ID Card with Your Service Animal’s Photo
- Service/Emotional Support/Therapy Animal Collar Tag (Depending on Kit)
- Electronic Copy of Certificate and ID Card (Depending on Kit) (optional)
- Service/Emotional Support/Therapy Dog Vest Packages Available
Not All Disabilities Are Visible
Most people think of a service dog as a large breed dog for the blind or for working with a person confined to a wheelchair. The reality is that the majority of service dogs are small dogs that perform tasks for otherwise normal people with disorders related to emotional, psychological, hearing, seizure, diabetic, or for other medical issues – disabilities that are completely invisible.
What Are My Rights?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “disability” very broadly and does not limit the type of disability for which a service animal can be used. In addition, there is great flexibility with respect to the nature and severity of a person’s physical, mental, or emotional issue (disability). The ADA protects people with all kinds of disabilities (obvious disabilities, as well as the invisible kind) by requiring all businesses that serve the public to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals with them. That means restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, sports facilities, and airlines – just about any place you can imagine. If the public has access to it, then so do you and your service dog. By law, these businesses can’t charge you extra or separate you from other customers because of your certified service dog. And by law, businesses aren’t allowed to ask you to prove your dog is a service animal, although that doesn’t guarantee they won’t ask. An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is not considered a working service dog under the ADA and is not granted unlimited public access. Protections under federal law include allowing a handler to be accompanied by his/her emotional support animal in the cabin of the aircraft, in accordance with the Air Carrier Access Act 49 U.S.C. 41705 and Dept of Transportation 14 C.F.R. Part 382. Please check with your airline prior to travel for their specific rules regarding service animals.