Pet and Animal Policy

Pet and Animal Policy

Walker Memorial Library allows only service animals and animals invited for special
programs to enter the library building.

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or
perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include
guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting
and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness
to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working
animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly
related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or
emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. (Definition from the
Department of Justice website)

Under the ADA, 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.

Rule established: May16, 2006
Revised and approved on September 21, 2011
Revised and approved on August 15, 2012
Revised and approved on April 20, 2017

Library Board of Regents and Trustees
Walker Memorial Library
Westbrook, Maine 04092