The American Veterinary Medical Association is calling on the federal government to make sure service dogs are available for everyone to use.
It is calling for mandatory inclusion of all service dogs in the national animal shelters and animal adoption services.
The group also wants all state animal shelters to include dogs with disabilities, and for the National Institutes of Health to adopt a policy mandating a service dog.
The American Veterinary Association said in a statement on Wednesday that the federal guidelines “will ensure that the dogs are accessible and that they are appropriately trained for their task.
These recommendations are essential to ensuring that dogs and their owners can be fully and safely cared for by trained professionals.”
The new guidelines will be included in the final rule released in January 2018, which is expected to go into effect in 2019.
They call for states to establish the conditions for service dogs to be available in all state shelters and adopt a national service dog policy.
“These new guidelines and the new rules are essential for the continued availability of service dogs, and to ensure the safety and well-being of our service dogs,” the statement reads.
In a statement to ABC News, the National Association of State Animal Control Administrators said it will continue to support state animal control agencies in their efforts to implement the new guidelines.