To the people I keep seeing who take advantage of service animal certifications: You should all be ashamed of taking advantage of a program that is specifically designed for people who have disabilities or special needs. Going online and getting false documents for dogs that are untrained and unqualified is outrageous. What happens when your dog bites someone while they’re wearing a service vest? Or when the dog goes the bathroom on a flight because they were never trained properly? You are all selfish and should stop taking advantage of a much needed program that benefits people with real needs. Do the right thing or leave Maui because we don’t need your kind here.
Illustration by Ron Pitts