If my wife sees a dog, she has to pet it. It's somehow a part of her DNA, a primal need to give all puppies love. That's why it's hard for her to see a service animal. Not that they don't provide an incredible service, it's the sign they wear:

Don't Pet Me, I'm Working

This only makes her want to pet the dog more. Were it, say, an emotional support cat, she could walk by without a second thought. Ahhhhh. You've never seen an emotional support cat before, have you?

What Animals Can Provide Service or Emotional Support Legally in Michigan?


Recently, a man and his Emotional Service Animal (ESA) were denied entry into a Philidelphia Phillies game. The animal in question, Wallygator, is a 70lb alligator and a licensed ESA in Pennsylvania.

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So, if a gator with razor-sharp teeth can be an ESA in Philly, what about Michigan? Could someone legally have an emotional support snake? Lizard? Kangaroo?

According to Michigan.gov, there are only 2 animals that can legally serve as either Service Animals or ESAs. Of course, dogs are on that list as you've no doubt encountered more than one in life.

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The only other species, other than canine, that can serve as a support animal in Michigan is:


That's right. Miniature horses are the only other species that can legally serve as ESA's and Service Animals. I personally have never seen a mini-horse working in the wilds of Michigan but, now I really want to!

Regardless of their species, these animals truly enrich the lives of those they are paired with. Give these hardworking, 4-legged, Michiganders some room next time you see one. After all, they are on the job.

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LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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