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Teri G.'s Comment
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I am a 52 year old disabled veteran with stress, depression, and PTSD. I rely on the park kitties since mine crossed ovrr several months ago. I've checked out pet friendly companies but none have come through with an offer. The only good offer I've received is with a company that does not allow pets. I've read the articles about driving with pets but none address my question: if I have a certified therapy animal, is a not pet friendly company required to accept the animal? I would love to work for a pet frendly company but am, literally, 2 months from homelessness, do I might have to take what I can get at this point.

Big Scott's Comment
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I do not think a company that doesn't allow pets has to allow a therapy animal. Have you looked here? Company-Sponsored Training Programs Also, CFI has a pet and rider policy. Here is my CFI training diary. There are many companies that have pet policies. Look here, Trucking Company Reviews, for more information. Good luck.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Steak Eater's Comment
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Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals either. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. It does not matter if a person has a note from a doctor that states that the person has a disability and needs to have the animal for emotional support. A doctor’s letter does not turn an animal into a service animal.

Teri G.'s Comment
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Big Scott, Thank you for the information. As I said, no pet friendly companies have made an offer yet. Perhaps I was unclear: I am seeking a letter from my VA doc on order to get an animal certified, not just to present to a company. I believe , though, that your statement still would apply with the possible exception being that half of my disability is PTSD. Not sure, must do more research. Thank you for your input.

Big Scott's Comment
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Good luck to you. Don't know where you have applied. Prime, Will-Trans/Jim Palmer, CFI and USA Trucks are companies, I know off the top of my head that allow pets. Good luck.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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Werner is another pet friendly company. I was stuck at a terminal yesterday and was talking to a driver who had a service dog on his truck with him. I didn't really all a lot of details about it, but he had one.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Steak Eater's Comment
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Teri G does not have a service animal, thus ADA requirements do not apply. It's status is the same as a pet if it's not a service animal. And a "doctors note" won't change the animals status into a service animal.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't know the specifics about service animals, but we do have this information:

CaptBeefy's Comment
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When it comes to service animals, there's a clear line about what they are. Therapy/ESAs are not covered by the ADA. It doesn't matter if a Dr "certifies" with a letter or not and many companies are preying upon people's information between the two's classifications.

Example: I can get a dog with no formal training for my autistic son and have it as a EAS. Does it mean that it's special? No, it's just a title regardless what my son benefits from it.

Say that I get a formally trained dog that specializes in calming him down when he has a meltdown, when he's stimming more than usual, keeps him from wandering away from us and if needed search and rescue. Now that's a service dog covered by the ADA.

Personally I believe that since people (not saying the OP is this kind of person) have been abusing the title of EAS, it needs a major overhaul before these animals get protections outlined in the ADA.

Thank you for your service. I have many family and friends in the Armed Forces.

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