Traveling with Your Dog: How to Get an Assistance Animal Pass for Public Transport
Most of the time, you can’t bring your pet dog on buses, taxis, or Ubers. But some people need their dogs for health reasons. They can get an Assistance Animal Pass, a special card.
This pass helps people with disabilities, like aging or psychiatric issues, use public transport with their assistance animals. To get it, you must show your animal really helps you. Here are some types that can qualify:
- Mobility Support Animals: These animals help people with physical disabilities, like wheelchairs or difficulty moving.
- Medical Alert Animals: They assist during medical emergencies by sensing trouble and giving help.
- Psychiatric Service Animals: These animals provide emotional support for people with psychiatric disabilities.
Not all animals can get this pass. It’s not for regular pets, even if they behave well or had training. Therapy animals and facility animals that visit hospitals or nursing homes don’t qualify either.
But guide dogs, hearing guide dogs, and guide dogs in training are different. They don’t need an Assistance Animal Pass. They are highly trained and essential for their owners.
In summary, the Assistance Animal Pass helps people with disabilities travel with their dogs on public transport. It’s a lifeline for those who rely on their assistance animals to lead fulfilling lives.