11 Amazing Service Dog Facts


Only Dogs and Miniature Horses Are  Officially Recognized As Service Animals

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Sorry cat lovers but according to the Federal ADA (American with Disability Act), the only animals recognized to be service animals are dogs and miniature horses. But why a miniature horse? They can follow commands and be trained to perform the same tasks as dogs. Also, people who have allergies to dogs may do fine with a horse. A miniature horse may be also be preferred for those with dog phobias.

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WagBrag’s co-founder, Russ Boles, has a deep history in animal rescue and welfare. For the past 12 years, Russ has served in various roles with Atlanta-based animal advocacy organizations focused on rescue, training and education. In addition, Russ led a local rescue volunteer team into New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, assisting in efforts to rescue and care for stranded animals. This experience changed his life, and animal rescue and advocacy will always be a part of everything he does.