You may not be surprised to learn that dogs are by far the most common service animals, assisting people in many different ways since at least 1927. However, the dog is not the only animal that has been used as a service animal. In fact, there are many other, less usual creatures that have been used to help their human owners. From ferrets and hedgehogs to dolphins and kangaroos, here are 25 Of The Strangest Pets To Be Used As Service Animals.
Much like guide dogs, mini horses can also act as trusted aides for those in need, helping them navigate through the world. Nevertheless, unlike service dogs, miniature horses need to live outside and require a lot more space.
Known for their high intelligence and friendliness, dolphins are sometimes used in emotional therapy. Dolphin Human Therapy, a Miami-based company, provides a full-time, individualized dolphin-assisted rehabilitation program for special needs children and adults.
Donkeys are known for their calm and friendly character, which makes them great therapy animals. According to the British-based Donkey Sanctuary, even the most disturbed, agitated children relax when petting or talking to donkeys.
A little Indian Runner duck named Daniel serves as an emotional support animal for Carla Fitzgerald from Wisconsin who had a serious accident that left her immobile for months. The duck also helps her to recover from the post-traumatic stress disorder.
Ferrets have many traits that make them great therapy animals. They are small, easygoing, quiet, litter-trained, social and attentive. Ferrets transport easily and do not trigger allergies as much as other common furry pets and do well with limited outdoor access.