The Service Dog Scam & The Harm It Does To Those Who Need Real Service Dogs.
Over the last several months I have been reading about and looking into what appears to be a growing problem of people falsely claiming their dog is a service dog. It seems this is made easy by many u scrupulous people who will, FOR A FEE, give anyone a fake id and or a fake certification saying any dog is a service dog.
Some of the sites online that offer certification, without testing the dogs, with out verifying any training or any facts about the dog and without even verifying that there is even a need for a service dog are;
SARA (Service Animal Registry of America)
USARplus (United Service Animal Registry) *
Goldstar German Shepherds
SDA (Service Dogs America)
Registered Service Dog
SDCA (Service Dog Certification of America, aka Certify My Dog)
NSAR (National Service Animal Registry)
American Service Dogs
Service Dog ID
Certified Service Dog
National Association of Service Dogs
Service Dog Tags, aka emotional support animals**
Free My Paws
CRTASA (Canadian Registry of Therapy Animals and Service Animals)
USSDR (United States Service Dog Registry) – registration is free, but they also sell official looking certificates and ID
These sites basically say tell us you dog is a service dog and send us $XXXXX amount of money and we will send you a piece of paper or a pocket sized card claiming your dog is a certified service dog.
While the ADA makes it very clear that therapy dogs, emotional support dogs, companion animals are not service dogs and not covered under the service dog laws.
However some of the sites listed above do not make that distinction clear to the site visitors and prey of their ignorance to sell them ids that are not even able to be called a service dog and as such not exempted by the ADA.
Finally, why on earth would any one with a true service dog shell out up to hundreds of dollars to try to get fake certifications? If they did not only would they be throwing their money away, but they would be helping to enable the massive service dog fraud issue going on today.
Here are some links to stories about service dog issues we are facing today.
Some pet owners try to skirt rules with fake service dogs
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT: Fake service dogs and the negative impact
“Hear’s” to Life! Blog
Fake Service Dogs
The Problem with Fake Service Dogs
Loopholes allow for fake service dogs
Critter talk: The great service dog scam!
Dog owners purchasing fake service dog credentials (YouTube video)
Cesar’s Way Wrong About Service Dogs: Part 4 – Registries
I found these links on http:// http://www.servicedogcentral.org as well a lot of information and more importantly links to news stories and other sources to verify that this problem is real, it is serious, and it is growing steadily.
I performed a simple google search as was suggested to me. I ran a search for the phrase â€œservice dog certification â€œ. It returned 2,690,000 results and below I am pasting the first page of those results.
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