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No Dogs Allowed? Federal Policies on Access for Service Animals

By Kelly Henderson

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For ages, humans have explored the potential healing benefit of animal companions for people who are ill or who have disabilities. The use of animals to assist their ailing human counterparts dates to the early Greeks who gave horseback rides to raise the spirits of people who were incurably ill, and documentation from the seventeenth century makes medical reference to horseback riding as treatment for gout, neurological disorders, and low morale (6). Even the famous nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale testified to the benefits of pet animals for the sick.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 1996
Volume 7
Issue 2
Series Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter
Publisher The Animal Welfare Information Center, USDA
Department U.S. Department of Agriculture
Location of Publication Beltsville, Maryland
Language English
Notes This government document was found at the U.S Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library:
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Pets and companion animals
  4. Policy and Planning
  5. Service animals