Emotional Support Animal Costco

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 01/01/23 •  3 min read
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Emotional Support Animal Costco

Costco Wholesale Corporation (doing business as Costco Wholesale and also known simply as Costco) is an American multinational corporation which operates a chain of membership-only big-box retail stores (warehouse club).

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Costco’s worldwide headquarters are in Issaquah, Washington, an eastern suburb of Seattle. The company opened its first warehouse (the chain’s term for its retail outlets) in Seattle in 1983.

Costco is a membership-only warehouse that makes the majority of its money from retail sales and a minor portion from membership fees. To access the warehouse and make purchases, customers must purchase memberships. Direct sourcing and effective inventory management strategies are used to carry this out.

Costco divides its operations into three categories: US Operations, Canadian Operations, and Other International Operations. Revenue and operating income are reported for these three business segments.

What are their policies regarding bringing pets or emotional support animals into their stores?

Costco allows service animals that have been trained to perform a specific task or function. Emotional support and therapy dogs are not considered service animals and thus are not permitted in Costco.

Costco is legally permitted to ask customers whether the dogs in the store are service animals. They may also inquire as to what task or function the dog has been trained to perform. However, Costco employees are not legally permitted to ask customers for documentation to prove their dog’s service animal status.

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Why do people with disabilities need an emotional support animal to accompany them when visiting Costco?

With increasing amounts of people with disabilities who are unable to access the public shopping centers, in order for them to enjoy shopping and also benefit from it, the help of their support animal is highly necessary.

For this reason, many stores have started to accommodate these customers by allowing them to bring their support animals in public, but not emotional support animals.

With these policies, there are many problems that the disabled people face. The first problem is that there are no stores that allow support animals inside the building. As a result, many disabled people end up being frustrated by this issue and do not get the services that they need from these businesses.

The second problem is that even though there are some stores that allow support animals inside the building, they still do not provide enough space for them as well as it would take too much time for these animals to be walked around in order to find their owners who may have wandered around while they were shopping.

This situation can also lead to tension between the customer and store employees because they do not understand why a person needs a support animal when he or she can still shop without one. Lastly, it causes issues between other customers who are worried about being near an animal when they cannot be near it due to their disability.

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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