25 Nov 2019
Hobbs Realty is always happy to make reasonable accommodations for service dogs and assistance animals. It is our pleasure to waive normal pet fees for service dogs and assistance animals in our pet-friendly properties and our No-Pet properties in accordance with the ADA regulations and Fair Housing Laws.
So let's talk about bringing your service animal on your Holden Beach vacation. FYI - when we use the term "pets" we are referring to dogs. Katie the Kitty will need to schedule a staycation as none of our rental properties allow cats.
What is the definition of a service animal?
Under the American Disabilities Act (ADA), 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. The dog must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability.
Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?
No. 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. However, some state or local governments have laws that allow people to take emotional support animals into public places. Please check with your state and local government agencies to find out about these laws.
What if I have obtained a service animal certification?
There are websites and organizations that will help people portray their pet as a service animal through online or mail-in "certifications." — although they do not meet the legal requirements — Currently there is not a legally recognized organization for registering service animals and anyone that falsely claims a pet as a service animal can face criminal charges.
What kind of vacation rentals are available?
Here at Hobbs Realty, we have three types of properties for your vacation choice:
Dog Friendly — You can bring one dog at no extra charge. Doggie dues are included in the rental rate of these homes, and service animals never pay a pet fee.
No Pets — Guests may not bring pets at these properties, but owners bring their family pet when they come. As always, service animals are “free” to stay.
Pet Free — While any home in our rental program could have had an undisclosed animal stay, to the best of our knowledge, this property type is free of pet allergens.
How do I book a vacation rental with a service animal?
We are happy to offer properties welcoming service/assistance animals, hosting them with open paws in our dog-friendly homes. We go the extra smile with a doggie "check-in" gift for our four legged vacationers, whether they are a service animal or your family pet. We will do our best to find a property that works for you and your working animal as we have the utmost respect for the training he/she has received and understand the important work they do. With that being said, certain procedures must be followed.
All service and assistance animals must be declared at the time of booking and prior to the check-in date in all instances. Failure to declare the animal will result in maximum penalties permissible by law.
For Service Animals, you will need to answer the following questions:
Do you or a person in your party need this animal to accompany him/her due to a disability?
What work or task/s has the animal been trained to do?
For Assistance Animals, you will need to answer these questions:
Does the person seeking to bring the animal have a disability, i.e., a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity?
Does the animal work, provide assistance or emotional support, perform tasks or services for the benefit of the person with the disability?
What else do I need to know about service animals and vacation rentals?
We hope this information is helpful. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-655-3367 to book your vacation today!
Here are some great Service Animal resources: