SERVICE ANIMALS – DEFINITION, POLICIES, & PROCEDURES
Summerland Festivals, LLC welcomes and supports the rights and attendance of all persons with disabilities that rely on the special skills of a trained service animal.
What we DO NOT support, nor will tolerate, are pets being misrepresented by their owners as service animals, when in fact they are not. So please, don’t do it. Leave your pet at home. We mean it.
SERVICE ANIMAL DEFINITION:
A ‘service animal’ means “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability.”
Emotional support or comfort animals are not considered service animals under the ADA and therefore are not allowed at Summerland Festivals, LLC.
SERVICE ANIMAL POLICIES:
For our patrons with disabilities who wish to bring their service animals to Summerland Festivals, LLC, we ask that you review and follow the policies outlined below:
- Service animals must be accompanied by the handler with the disability.
- Service animals must be leashed/harnessed (unless a physical disability prevents ability to fasten a leash) and under the full control and supervision of their handler at all times.
- Service animals are not permitted to be left in camp unattended under any circumstances.
- Handlers are required to be prepared for, and clean-up after, their animals at all times.
- We reserve the right to remove and/or refuse access to any service animal from the campgrounds or venues if that animal is deemed to be a health or safety threat to festival patrons, staff, or other service animals, or in violation of these policies.
All service animals must be credentialed by the Summerland staff (see the procedures below).Please note that all service dogs, including those from out of state are subject to local dog ordinances, which includes a valid rabies certificate.
SERVICE ANIMAL PROCEDURES:
All patrons with disabilities attending Summerland Festivals, LLC with a service animal will need to have that animal credentialed by Summerland staff before entering the main gate. This process will be performed quickly and respectfully by our Accessibility Staff. What will you need to do? It’s easy. Once you arrive at Summerland, come to the registration tent. Staff will speak with you, record your contact and vaccination information, and provide a collar tag for your service animal. Then you are good to go! Security Staff will be on the lookout this year for all animals to have a properly credentialed Summerland collar tag. Remember, Service Animals are allowed, other animals are not!
Service Animal/ Emotional Support animal
There can be important differences between animals classified as service animals and animals classified as emotional support animals. A “service animal” is an animal that has been individually trained to perform a task for a disabled person. For purposes of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), “service animal” means “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.” 28 CFR 36.104. An animal that meets this definition is a service animal whether or not it has been “licensed” or “certified” as a service animal. A service animal need not have been professionally trained, Green v. Housing Authority of Clackamas County, 994 F.Supp. 1253 (D.Or.1998), and in fact many service animals are trained by their handlers. Service animals include guide dogs that assist the blind or visually impaired, dogs that assist persons with mobility impairments with balance, and dogs that alert people with epilepsy of an upcoming seizure.
A disabled person’s rights regarding a “reasonable accommodation” for an emotional support animal does not stem from the ADA, but from section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) (Section 504,) the Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3601-3631)) and the Florida Fair Housing Act, §§ 760.20-760.37 Fla. Stat. Emotional support animals, unlike service animals, are not allowed to accompany their handlers in restaurants, grocery stores and other places of “public accommodation.