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Service Dog Regulations

U.S. Department of Justice ADA
Americans with Disabilities Act information, resources, and updates U.S. government Web site containsvast array of resources for individuals with disabilities, including information about health, housing, education, transportation, recreation and employment. See Commonly Asked Questions about service dogs in places of business.

Changes to the rules of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which pertain to service animals (Section 35.136) took effect March 15, 2011.

Part 35 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services
Part 36 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities

View the U.S. Department of Justice ADA Business Brief: Service Animals in your browser.
Download the U.S. Department of Justice ADA Business Brief: Service Animals as a PDF.

State Service Dog Laws



Animal Welfare Organizations


Berkshire Humane Society

Concerned Citizens for Animals

Humane Society of the United States


American Humane Association

National Animal Control Association

Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts

Association of Shelter Veterinarians

New England Federation of Humane Societies

Massachusetts Animal Coalition

Dog Owner’s Guide

Animal Concerns Community

American Veterinary Medical Association




You can include in medical expenses the costs of buying, training, and maintaining a guide dog or other service animal to assist a visually impaired or hearing-impaired person, or a person with other physical disabilities. In general, this includes any costs, such as food, grooming, and veterinary care, incurred in maintaining the health and vitality of the service animal so that it may perform its duties. For more information, click the link below.

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