What is an Assistance Animal?

An assistance animal may refer to several different things.

The exact definition varies from country to country, with some countries requiring registration or certification and others requiring only training and the handler to be disabled.

Regardless, the assistance animal helps the disabled handler in day-to-day life to make their life easier or to do things that the handler can’t do.  Examples include guide dogs who help blind handlers, seizure alert/response dogs who assist their handlers during/after a seizure, or mobility dogs who help their handler get around or emotional support animals.