Top 5 Service Animals to Own (More than Dogs)

service animalService animals are trained animals that help people with disabilities live a better life. Some people get their service animals from organizations, while others prefer to train their own animals. Here are some of the most popular service animals that people own.

Dog

Service animals must be in tune with their human partners in order to be helpful. Therefore, it makes sense that most service animals are dogs, which have been man’s best friend for tens of thousands of years. They are great at reading our emotions and dealing with all of our “human-ness.” Dogs are also the most widely accepted type of service animal. You won’t find resistance from airlines, restaurants, and other businesses if you have a dog as your service animal.

Miniature Horse

Miniature horses have become quite popular. It makes sense since they are small enough to go everywhere with a person and domesticated enough to understand people. Some people also use miniature horses as emotional support animals. Of all the animals out there, dogs and miniature horses are the most widely accepted, both as a service animals or as emotional support animals, though it would be odd to see a horse of any size in a restaurant.

Parrots

Parrots are social creatures, similar to people. They also love to interact with their humans and they’re very much in tune with emotions and situations. This is probably why they make good service animals. However, parrots are technically still wild animals that cannot be trained to be service animals like dogs. If you do end up with a parrot in that role, it probably means you have a very special bond with the bird.

Potbelly Pigs

Pigs are intelligent, domesticated, and contrary to popular belief, clean and able to live indoors with people. For those who are allergic to dogs, potbelly pigs make a great substitute. They are trainable and their small size means that they can go everywhere with their humans. 

Ferrets

Ferrets, like all the animals on this list, are small (portable) and intelligent. Like parrots, you’ll most likely have a special bond with your ferret service animal if it’s able to read you and be in tune with your needs. If you do decide to get one, make sure to look into state laws about owning ferrets. Certain states ban them, along with other exotic species (parrots included).

 

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