In his Sept. 10 column ("Is that service dog real? Check its ID"), Robert Kirby complains, "Today just about any dog can be a service dog." The following day, several service-dog owners voiced similar concerns in "Four-Legged Impostors Give Service Dog Owners Pause," a segment on NPR's "Morning Edition." I appreciate the frustration evident in both.
While taking different approaches, both the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act and the Fair Housing Amendments Act recognize the important role a "service" or "emotional support" animal plays in allowing its owner to be a more independent, active or productive member of his or her community.
Thankfully, both pieces agree that requiring standardized identification is one way to reduce the unnecessary confusion over the legitimacy of a service or emotional support animal and the vital work it does. Let's work with our congressional delegation to make this important and sensible change.