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Dogs

 

Dogs are no longer allowed at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival and/or String Camp. Please read our letter to the community here:

New Dog Policy

 

SERVICE DOGS: If you are bringing a service dog, that is OK–please make sure you have the proper paperwork. All service dogs must wear an identifying vest.

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.

 

Emotional Support Animals: While ESAs do NOT qualify as service dogs under the ADA, we do accept dogs with ESA letters from licensed medical professionals such as your primary care doctor or psychologist. PLEASE NOTE: There are many companies online that will sell you ESA registrations and certifications. The registrations are a scam. ESAs are for serious symptoms such as PTSD and panic attacks, and must be evaluated and agreed upon by your medical health professional. We kindly ask that you respect the festival’s new dog policy, and do not suddenly arrive at the festival with an ESA when you didn’t have one last year. This exception is for those who truly suffer from psychological systems that are alleviated by the presence of a well trained dog. ESAs must remain with you at all times, and must not cause disruption or distress to other campers through barking or running free through the campsites or festival grounds. If you are at a workshop or performance your dog must remain in your presence, and must be fully under your control. Since we are making this exception, and it is not federal law, we still reserve the right to ask you to leave, without a refund, if your dog causes disruption of any kind including barking, if you do not clean up after your dog, if your dog elicits complaints from other campers, or causes harm to others. Upon purchasing a ticket to the festival you will be asked to fill out an affidavit attesting that you have understood this new policy.

 

**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 you have any questions by emailing ossipeevalleymusicfestival@gmail.com or calling 207-625-8656

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