Fact Sheet: Rights to Assistance Animals in Housing


This fact sheet discusses the rights of people with disabilities to keep assistance animals in housing that does not allow pets.

The term “assistance animal” (or “assistive animal”) refers to an animal that a person with a disability needs in order to use and enjoy the housing. An assistance animal can be either a service animal (a dog or miniature horse that is trained to perform disability-related work or tasks), or an emotional support animal (any animal that eases the effects of a person’s disability by providing comfort or support).


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