Ferret Allowed Back on Ottawa Buses
A woman who relies on her pet ferret to manage panic attacks will be allowed to bring the furry creature onto Ottawa city buses. This is, as far as I know, the sole exception to a rule that only allows trained service animals to accompany their human partners onto city buses.
Woodard, who uses a wheelchair and suffers panic attacks, said the animal calms her, staving off the attacks, and she is afraid to travel without him.
A letter from a psychiatrist confirmed that Gyno is Woodard's service animal, as guide dogs are for some people.
However, OC Transpo's policies stated that service animals must be trained and registered with a recognized organization for the purpose of being used in therapy.
"I like to consider ferrets something of nature's own naturally occurring anti-depressant," she said, adding that it's counter-intuitive for OC Transpo to encourage people to use transit and then prevent people from bringing pets that could be considered service animals.