SDBG Service Animal/Pet Policy
- Due to the sensitive nature of many plants in our collection, PETS OF ANY KIND ARE NOT ALLOWED in the Garden
- SERVICE ANIMALS, as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), ARE WELCOME in the Garden
- “A service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.” – ADA definition
- Service Animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal or other effective controls.
- If a Service Animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, SDBG staff may request that the animal be removed from the premises, per ADA guidelines.
- Please abide by these Service Animal policies in the Garden
- Emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals are NOT ALLOWED in the Garden and per the ADA are NOT considered Service Animals. These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they have NOT been trained to perform a specific job or task, they DO NOT qualify as service animals under the ADA.” – ADA definition
- California state law prohibits leaving animals in any unattended motor vehicle that endangers their health or well-being. (California Penal Code Section 597.7) Guests are NOT ALLOWED to bring their pets and leave them unattended in their vehicles at any time. All violators WILL BE REPORTED to the authorities and will result in expulsion from the Garden.
- For more information on ADA Service Animal guidelines, please visit: https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html
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Thank you for making the Garden a beautiful and safe place for all to visit. We look forward to seeing you in the Garden!