Nothing ticks me off more than the scum-bag companies that have popped up to “Certify” your pet as a service dog. I makes me mad for several reasons:
- They “Register” your pet by taking your money. There is no training, no verification, no one even sees your dog, all you need is an open wallet.
- The amount they charge to “Certify” your dog can be as much as $250 – and what do you get for that money – a certificate they print on an inkjet printer, a cheap laminated tag that they also print on their inkjet printer, a cheap vest worth at most $20 and a couple of patches worth less than $10 that aren’t even sewn on the vest.
- These scum-bag companies will ruin the credibility of real service dog owners. Eventually the airlines and businesses will get sick of seeing these purse pets with vest and tell everyone to take a hike.
I know I’m ranting but these companies are just out to make a buck at the expense of real service dog owners. What’s worse is they go out of their way to make themselves sound official and as though they are somehow a government agency.
You’ve noticed that I haven’t named any of these registration services directly here. The reason is because people are inadvertently promoting these companies, here’s how – if you do a search for the names of these registration services on the internet what you will find is that what comes up is people complaining about what these companies are doing. The problem is that Google and the other search engines aren’t smart enough to know that those post are complaints. Google only know that link is talking about certified service dogs and moves that companies site up in the rankings. If you are going to complain about a company never include a direct link back to them, it’s just free publicity.
I’ll step down off my soapbox for now. If you agree or disagree with me then let me know you’re alive and post a comment below. The more comments we get then the better Google likes it and others may avoid this scam.
It get’s worse, check out this other site I just found
- A Lifetime Service Dog Identification Card (renewal fee of $50 per year for yearly picture update of your service animal)
- Service animal vest
- Service animal “Please don’t pet me I’m working” and “Ask to pet me I’m friendly” patches (we do not sew patches to vest)
- “Service Animal” patch (we do not sew patches to vest)
- “Critical Information Everyone Should Know About Service Animals” brochure
- A referral for a consultation with a licensed physician (done through teleconferencing)
- Support from Beverly Hills law firm against any instance of discrimination against you or your service animal
- US Service Dogs refer a friend brochures ($50 paid for every referral)
This identification package is available for $365.
I guess they didn’t feel like $250 would be be enough