Can My Dog Come to the Community Center?

Yes, as long as you are making a quick trip into the center to pick up materials, register for a program or ask questions.  Animals must be on leash. However, pets will not be permitted into the center while the building is open. For example, but not limited to, during programming, lunch and rentals of rooms off hours. We do this to ensure the safety and comfort of all who use the center. [We reserve the right to permit animals featured in special Community Center events.]

Service animals do not fall under the above restriction. The Massachusetts Service Animal Law limits the definition of service animal to a dog that accompanies an individual with a sensory and or physical disability. Federal law allows for a broader definition of service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA defines service animals as “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”  Both laws obligate state and local governments and any places that are open to the public to permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities anywhere members of the public are allowed to go.