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Service Animals Policy


Service animals are welcome at and may accompany patients and visitors to any Cancer Care Northwest (CCNW) clinic. 
What is Considered a Service Animal?
The term “service animal” is used to include any dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work and perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained, or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition, and, along with pets, are excluded from Cancer Care Northwest. 
Dogs/animals whose sole function is for crime deterrence, comfort, or emotional support are not considered service animals, and will ordinarily be excluded as well. Please leave your pet, emotional support animal and or therapy animal at home or with someone when you come to CCNW for your appointment, as we cannot accommodate a request to bring your animal into our facility.
A Service Animal may be Removed from a CCNW Clinic if the Animal:
  • is not under the control of the patient (or visitor)
  • is not housebroken
  • exhibits aggressive behavior such as snarling, biting, scratching, or teeth baring
  • is excessively noisy
  • poses a direct risk to the health or safety of people or other service animals
You are responsible for the care and control of your service animal during your visit. CCNW staff are not permitted to assist you with or care for your service animal.
If you have any questions, please contact the Cancer Care Northwest Compliance Office at (509) 228-1013.