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Laws Addressing Service Animals and Assistance Animals

Civil Law
Human Services

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, approximately 10.3 percent of Colorado’s population reported having a disability in 2015.  Many of those individuals use a service animal or assistance animal to cope with their disability.  This issue brief defines the terms “service animal” and “assistance animal,” and discusses the federal and state laws that address them.



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details