Restaurant Puts up Sign Banning Emotional Support Pets. Outrage Ensues.

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A restaurant posted a sign outside their establishment that has started a conversation. The restaurant made it clear that emotional support pets are not allowed inside the establishment, and opinions vary. Some side with the restaurant while others feel the decision impeded on individuals’ rights.

The restaurant left the following note outside its establishment. “No dogs are allowed in the restaurant. If you are bringing in your service animal be aware of the following: A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. According to the law, we may ask if the animal is required because of a disability and what work or task the animal has been trained to perform. Expect us to ask.”

The note added: “The Americans with Disabilities Act cites that emotional support dogs or animals do not have the training to do specific tasks in assisting a person with a disability or impairment, unlike service animals. Hence the pets may not be allowed to accompany their owners in public places i.e., restaurants, stores, hotels. In short, please don’t abuse law in place to help people with disabilities.”


This note has people arguing over who is right and who is wrong. Well, let’s break it down. The emotional support pets have become the norm with some people abusing the intent of the law in order to bring their pet with them everywhere they go. All you need for support animal verification is a trip to a therapist who can then make the claim that the animal helps the individual, Bored Panda reported.

Legally speaking, though, those who are arguing that their ESA should be allowed in any and all locations don’t have a leg to stand on.

In fact, various states throughout the U.S. have already clarified what is considered an actual service pet vs an emotional support pet.

We have seen people with peacocks, hamsters and even turtles on plane rides as they claim the animal is their emotional support pet. As for the restaurant in question, a majority of people do side with the restaurant.

One user made light of the situation wondering why an emotional support giraffe wasn’t allowed in.

Another commenter laid it out perfectly reasonably by explaining an emotional support animal is nothing more than a glorified pet, while a service animal is doing a job.

Where do you side on this issue?