Nationwide Database Registry
- CRTASA maintains a Nationwide database of service animals assisting their owners with disabilities that are registered through CRTASA.
- CRTASA maintains a Nationwide database of handlers and their animals enrolled in official service animal training programs that are registered through CRTASA.
- CRTASA maintains a Nationwide database of owners and their official therapy animals in use that are registered through CRTASA.
- CRTASA maintains a Nationwide database of official Service Animal Training Facilities that qualify for registration status through CRTASA.
National Annual Membership Services
CRTASA issues a CRTASA Photo ID Card to residents across Canada on an annual basis after they meet all of the qualifying criteria of CRTASA's membership registry program. (US residents planning to visit / enter Canada can also apply for a CRTASA Photo ID Card.) This practical and standardized photo ID card enables verified CRTASA members to gain ease of access to public places and services across Canada by simply showing their card instead of having to carry around copies of a doctor letter to verify to a place of business that their disability requires the assistance of a service animal, or providing photocopies of other paper documents from a training facility identifying the official status of their working animal.
As reported by many people with disabilities, providing paper documents to try and verify rightful ownership of their working animal often leads to more questions by skeptical business owners, especially when the service animal is not a stereotypical "seeing-eye-dog" or readily identifiable as a service animal being used to assist their owner with a disability other than blindness. Owners of officially trained therapy animals also benefit from CRTASA membership as their CRTASA Photo ID Card provides necessary proof that their therapy animal holds official working animal status and is trained to provide appropriate therapeutic benefit to people needing comforting during a stressful situation or an emotionally difficult period in their life.
CRTASA Photo ID Card
— Distinct Features
The CRTASA Photo ID Card features necessary identifying details about the owner and their working animal including dual photo display of both the person and their official working animal and both of their names. At no time is the person's personal information or details of their disability for which the service animal is being used disclosed on the card.
Under CRTASA membership, an official working animal is classified as belonging to one of three distinct categories made visibly distinct by a different colour on the front of the CRTASA Photo ID Card;
- certified service animal trained to
assist a person with a particular disability
(Identifying Colour: GOLDEN/ORANGE),
- service animal in official training to
assist a person with a disability -
(Identifying Colour: BRIGHT YELLOW),
- trained therapy animal used to provide
emotional support to patients or people
experiencing a difficult situation or
stressful period in their life -
(Identifying Colour: BRIGHT GREEN).
The front of each CRTASA Photo ID Card bears the issued date, the expiration date and member registration number to verify authenticity and validity of CRTASA membership of the owner and their registered working animal.
The back of the card holds a PCU Code that can be scanned at time of purchase by participating retailers or service providers offering a special discount to CRTASA members purchasing animal products, supplies, or services at their place of business. For more information on participating retailers extending at-point-of purchase discounts and other promotions to CRTASA members please refer to our webpages featuring Corporate Fellowship Network and Business Services / Products.
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