Keep Calm, it's Just a Service Dog....

We understand people don't really know much about service dogs.

Melissa Capistrano has an invisible impairment/disability that requires the assistance of a Medical Alert/Psych. Alert Service Dog. Melissa Capistrano has a small breed Service Dog in Training. It is illegal to deny service dogs access without a prior attempt of accomodation for work places or private places of business. Access can be denied if locations are sterile enviroments (ex, a laboratory), places of worship (permission must be asked), or open animal exhitbits (certain parts of zoos and aquariums). 

The Department of Justice and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not recognize any licensing or certification. ALL "licenses" or "certificates" bought online are FAKE. A service dog is recognized as a dog trained with at least one medical task that aids thier impaired/disabled handler exclusively. By law, the impaired/disabled handler must be in complete control of thier Service Dog/In Training. Good public access training and the dog's ability to complete medical tasks for thier Impaired/Disabled handler is what makes a legitimate Service Dog. It is illegal to ask service dog handlers for proof that they are disabled. It is completely illegal to ask for any form of proof that Teela is a Service Dog/In Training. 

Princess Teela, AKA Teela will be a fully trained Service Dog as of August 2021. Her rights and access privileges will then be protected by Federal Law. Teela's rights and access privliges are currently protected under California State Law. She is fully vaccinated , licensed, and performs at least 3 recognized ADA medical tasks at this time. Melissa Capistrano declares that Teela is NOT a pet or Emotional Support Animal. Emotional Support Animals DO NOT have access privliges, and ARE NOT acknowleged as Service Dogs PERIOD. Comfort alone is not a medical task. Teela is a Service Dog/In Training and therefore idientified as medical equipment. Teela trains to medically task for her invisibly impaired/disabled handler Melissa Capistrano exclusively.  Interfering with or distracting a service dog is illegal. Faking a Service Dog can lead to fines and time in jail. If you have additional service dog questions check out this website:

https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html

Teela is solely Melissa Capistrano's responsability. If Teela is ever disruptive without provocation, it is completely legal to have her removed from premisis. Melissa Capistrano is responsible for all expenses Teela incurs. Individuals having canine allergies are not legal grounds to deny Teela access, by law both parties must be accomodated. Do not interact with or take pictures of Teela without her handler's/Melissa's permission. For the sake of the Service Dog Handler Community and the access/discrimination issues we face, we are cautious to ensure that we do not aid in the epidemic of fake service dogs.

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