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Do I have to pay a pet deposit and pet rent for a therapy animal?

Puyallup, WA |

I suffer from depression (diagnosed) and would like to get a pet as I believe it will be therapeutic for my depression. Am I required to pay a pet deposit and/or pet rent if I get a cat or dog for this purpose?

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Attorney answers 2


It depends. You need to speak with a local attorney regarding your rights. I suggest you speak with Adam P. Karp, Esq.,

If we do not have a signed fee agreement I am not your attorney and this is not legal advice.


Companion animals are not addressed by the ADA/WLAD, but service animals are. The Delta Society is in Bellevue, they have a great website on the distinction between the two groups and how you implement a service animal while not losing your housing opportunity.

And Adam is definitely the attorney for this issue. Elizabeth Powell

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