Is Your Pet an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal?

Support Animal

It is any dog ​​specially selected and trained individually by experts, to develop tasks that improve the quality of life and health conditions of those who need it, these can be people with sensory and communication, motor, mental, or multiple disabilities; chronic diseases or mental illnesses; they are also those that safeguard the integrity and health of people, or support an institution for therapeutic purposes or rescue of victims as well as recovery of corpses.

Why get certified?

Having a Certification with the highest standards of approval will allow you free access without any questioning; however, it should not be forgotten that many people still do not distinguish between a pet and a service dog. We seek that with the Certification, more people can understand the difference and do not have the need to question the Members.

Every Certified person is a Member of AMAS and if they are Certified with a Service Dog they can enjoy the benefits that AMAS offers them.

Dogs that are Good Citizens do not enjoy these benefits.

What animals can be Service Animals?

So far, we only certify dogs that have Specialized Training according to the person’s needs; Each type of Certification requires a different type of training, as well as socialization.

At AMAS WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE breeds, nor do we believe that there are “potentially dangerous” breeds, since any properly socialized dog, with a good quality of life and good training, can improve the quality of life of people who require them. 

Who can have a Service Animal?

People and institutions that require it, as long as they have the conditions that prove their need. Individuals must prove their need using a Medical Certificate, issued by a Physician or Psychiatrist, accompanied by their professional license, except for Safeguard cases in which a free document must be submitted stating the reasons why they are required and must be signed. by the Handler.

What is the difference between a Service Animal and an Assistance Animal?

There is no difference, they are the same, it is just a different way of calling them, however, Assistance Dogs generally refer to Medical Service Dogs, which classify them as Guide Dogs, Signal Dogs, Assistance Dogs for Restricted Mobility. , Medical Alert Dogs, Dogs for People with Autism, among others, is a difficult to understand and very archaic classification divided into many types, and that in our opinion separates and is not inclusive.

However, in AMAS the difference is that Service Dogs are all those that are Certified, and Assistance Dogs are Dogs trained for medical conditions. We have simplified the types of Certifications in a way that is more inclusive, and that more people can better understand.

How many service dogs can I certify?

The number will depend on several factors:

  • Assistance dogs (medical): As a general rule, only ONE dog per person may be certified, in case of retirement one year before retirement you may have a dog in additional training, in case of multiple disabilities or multiple medical conditions detected by smell, you may have according to the needs of the person. Example: a person with diabetes and seizures, a person with visual and hearing impairment (a guide dog and a signal dog).
  • IAA Dogs (therapy): You can register several institutions or one handler.
  • Safeguard Dog: One per person.
  • Rescue dog: You can register one or several an institution or manage

How do I identify a Service Animal?

All Service Animals when they are working -in service-, must wear a harness or vest that identifies them with the corresponding color, these must-have patches or embroidery that specify that it is a Service Dog. The Member must have her credential at hand and must show it when entering public places, without the need to give explanations.

Here you will find examples with AMAS products, it is important to mention that each Service/Assistance Dog Association has its products, and they have the same validity.

Who can request my sensitive personal data?

Only the authority may request information from the Member. It is at the discretion of the Member, to access his user account with his password, to show his sensitive data; in case there is no formal written requirement.

How does the AMAS Certification work?

Every place you go to will be able to scan the QR code of your credential, and they will be able to write down the Member number you have, they will not be able to write down your data on the back of the credential. Establishments with the Access Logos guarantee respect for your rights.

Recovery Fee:

Annual Validity

National Certificate: $1,999.00 Mexican Pesos

International Certificate: $2,499.00 Mexican Pesos

Validity of 3 years

National Certificate: $2,999.00 Mexican Pesos

International Certificate: $3,499.00 Mexican Pesos

Valid until Retirement

National Certificate: $3,499.00 Mexican Pesos

International Certificate: $4,499.00 Mexican Pesos

AMAS Support Option: support to cover the recovery fee for Certification by AMAS Mexico. A socioeconomic study is required. Please contact us directly before starting the process. The support granted per month will be limited according to the capacities of AMAS Mexico according to the number of certifications granted during the previous month.

* The recovery fee is without VAT and shipping.

* In case of not approving the certification, AMAS Mexico is not responsible for the expenses incurred by the applicants to present the Certification.

How to register or certify an emotional support dog?

Dogs are known as emotional support, emotional support, or emotional assistance, do not meet the requirements to be certifiable, since they are merely companion animals previously known as pets, and the joint work of the binomial (dog-person) cannot be evaluated. Although the relevance they have for mental health and improving the well-being of people is of the utmost importance, these dogs bring benefits with their mere presence or when they are caressed, at an international and national level they are not considered assistance and/or service dogs.

Their lack of regulation has made Mexican airlines abuse requesting requirements at their discretion since no one has commented on these dogs. These dogs are not protected by any law, so no establishment is obliged to accept them.

Do not be scammed or deceived, there are no certifications, the only ones who can certify their work are the health personnel who work on therapies with people and animals. These can be taught by specialists, neurologists, psychologists, or psychiatrists; Those who provide the therapies cannot charge an amount for issuing a medical certificate that certifies the therapy with animals.

By Master James

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