If dogs can be service animals, why can’t cats?
That’s what former Canadian soldier Kate Skywalker is asking after Air Canada refused to recognize her cat, Saphira, as an emotional support animal.
Skywalker was given a medical discharge from the Armed Forces after 10 years of service due to depression. She relies on Saphira for emotional support.
Skywalker was taking an Air Canada flight from London, Ontario to Halifax for Thanksgiving, when Air Canada denied Saphira a free ride in the main passenger cabin.
Air Canada allows professionally trained service animals to remain in the passenger cabin at a customer’s feet, free of charge. It must remain harnessed during the flight.
Skywalker says she followed all the rules, but Air Canada refused to recognize the cat as a support animal. Eventually, the airline decided to allow the cat to joined Skywalker, but only if a fee was paid. After a lengthy discussion, the airline relented and waived the fee.
The former soldier calls Air Canada’s policy “discriminatory”.
Is she right? Do you think any and all animals can be legitimate service animals?
And now, a photo of Skywalker in camouflage.