|Barked: Mon Mar 27, '06 11:06am PST |
|Here is what the ADA has to say on SDs in zoos:
"F. A zoo or wild animal park may prohibit a service animal, including a dog guide or service dog, from any area of the zoo or wild animal park where the service animal may come into direct contact with the animals contained in the zoo or wild animal park. Service animals shall not be excluded from public walkways or sidewalks or from any area that allows for physical barriers between the service animals, dog guides or service dogs and the animals in the zoo or wild animal park. Any zoo or wild animal park that prohibits dog guides and service dogs shall provide without cost adequate facilities for the temporary confinement of dog guides and service dogs. The facilities shall be adequate to accommodate the anticipated attendance of legally blind, deaf or physically disabled persons, shall be in an area not accessible to the general public, shall provide water for the dog guides and service dogs and shall otherwise be safe, clean and comfortable. The zoo or wild animal park on request by a legally blind person who is required to leave that person's dog guide or service dog pursuant to this subsection shall provide a sighted escort if the legally blind person is unaccompanied by a sighted person."
So looks like you wouldn't be allowed in the bird area anyway, according to the ADA.
In addition, I think you might be violating at least one of the three conditions that can be used to not allow SDs:
"B. It is not discriminatory to exclude a service animal from a public place if one or more of the following apply:
1. The animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
2. The animal fundamentally alters the nature of the public place or the goods, services or activities provided.
3. The animal poses an undue burden."
They could easily argue that the SD poses an undue burden on the animals in the zoo, that having an SD could rile up animals thereby causing either a threat to public safety or at least altering the ability of the rest of the general public to enjoy viewing the animals in a relaxed and calm state.
I hate to be the one to break this to you, but I do think it is good to know this stuff before going. Personally I would not take Sabrina to a zoo as it is both not fair for the animals in the zoo who are stressed out by seeing a dog (they have a rough enough life as it is!) and it is also not fair to Sabrina to expose her to large predators who think she would make a tasty snack.
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