SERVICE DOGS

Service dogs arservicedoge allowed at Jerry Jam in accordance with the guidelines provided by the ADA. Jerry Jam is not obligated to allow pets. ONLY service dogs are allowed.

In past years, people have brought pets to Jerry Jam pretending that they are service animals. This is a problem for the festival organizers and it is disrespectful to people with actual disabilities who require a service animal. Pet dogs are not allowed at Jerry Jam because they can bite and fight, and this is a liability for the festival. The festival grounds are used for hay and dog poop ruins the hay. We understand that you love your pet, but Jerry Jam is not the place for him or her.

Deceiving Jerry Jam staff into believing that your pet is a service animal when it is not will cause Jerry Jam security to ask you to leave immediately. We reserve the right to refuse admittance or eject any individual who violates our no pets policy. Those bringing pets will be turned away without a refund.

Dog boarding is available across the street from the festival grounds, but limited spaces are available. You may call (603) 838-6559 to inquire about boarding. You may tent camp with your dog if you board him or her across the street. You may leave the festival grounds to visit your dog as much as you like, as long as you have a valid wristband for re-entry.

If you are bringing your service animal to Jerry Jam, your service animal must remain under your immediate control AT ALL TIMES.  If your service animal is not under your immediate control, you must remove the animal from the premises of Jerry Jam.  You may return to the venue without the animal if you are so inclined.

UNDER YOUR IMMEDIATE CONTROL means that your service dog must remain with you at all times. Do not leave your service dog unattended. You must bring adequate water and food for your service dog. Dog food is not available on site.

If your service dog is not under your control, if your are not cleaning up after your service dog, Jerry Jam will ask you to remove your animal from the premises.

Jerry Jam will not tolerate animal cruelty under any circumstances. Jerry Jam reserves the right to remove from the premises anyone caught mistreating an animal. DO NOT LEAVE DOGS IN CARS! Be kind to animals.

ADA guidelines are available at http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

The following is excerpted from these guidelines:

How Service Animals are Defined:
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.

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.

A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.

3 thoughts on “SERVICE DOGS

  1. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack – MY service dog is used for just that purpose. I had 5 people pass away in a 2 year period- two of whom were my parents- 1 was my youngest cousin- a mother of 2, and 2 others who I didn’t know. Some months after the last person died (a motorcycle accident where I acted as a first-responder)-My Fiancée cheated on me. 4 months later, I was let go from my job due to downsizing. 3 months later I also had a motorcycle accident, and was in-hospital and in-house for 2 1/2 months- unable to walk… I moved to NH- Thank you (?) meth-heads! My family house that I inherited, was broken into and my copper pipe taken- and robbed. THIS is why I have an ESA. In case anyone wonders…

    -And people look sideways at me? I NEED this dog. Yes, she is an ESA- an “emotional support animal” for PTSD. But “under Federal guidelines” she is not a “service animal?” (B.S!!)

    YOU- the festival organizers… under Federal Law, have the option of allowing ESAs to attend such events- It’s at YOUR DISCRETION.

    Service animals are not robots either – and “they might bite” I do respect your decision. However! PTSD dogs are (unfortunately) not considered service animals… I have several good friends who I served with in the Army who have severe (much worse than I) PTSD who have service (PTSD) dogs. These guys eat, sleep and live each hour with their companions.

    And yet I have to deal with “emotional support animals” are not “service dogs” …

    The people that are insisting that their family dog is in the same category are breaking the law, and have made ME and my dog a target for scrutinization and scorn. It’s not fair! For 5 years now I have needed the comfort of this dog. If I didn’t have her I would have ended up an alcoholic, or have been admitted somewhere- It’s been THAT tough. And no- I have no more family.

    So the next time you see someone with a service dog who isn’t “blind or deaf” consider this.

    I urge YOU, the festival organizers to support ESA dogs- and although you can not ASK for documentation (which I have)- If you put online “DOCUMENTED ESAs WILL BE ADMITTED!”
    That, I would think would pass muster and weed out the B.S-ers from those of us who would like to attend the festival WITH our loyal companions.

    – Just my .02 🙂

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  2. While I can see that service dogs are an important part of peoples lives, & I love dogs, I can only hope that the owners, and the people who “sneak” dogs into the venue are mindful that it is only proper to CLEAN UP after said dog relieves themselves. I attended a festival a number of years ago in upstate N.Y. where I opened a gate to the venue & I immediately stepped into a large, fresh pile of …you guessed it, dog poop. Needless to say, my scandals went into the trash & I had to thoroughly wash my feet. Luckily, I had my mc riding boots. There was a large sign on the gate that said “NO DOGS ALLOWED”. So please, be kind, clean up your dogs deposits & enjoy the show. Thank You

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