Animals of all sorts can provide services to their human counterparts. From helping with daily tasks to providing valuable emotional support after traumatic instances or because of mental health issues, these animals make people's lives better. And they're not just limited to the creatures you've heard of. In fact, here are some of the most surprising service animals on record.
While they're not exactly welcome guests in some homes, you may be shocked to learn that pet rats can be great service animals.
You don't have to go to a quack doctor to have it verified that your feathered friend actually provides a great service to you.
These poky pals can be excellent companions who provide great services to their humans when properly trained.
6. Guinea Pig
Guinea Pigs are gentle pets that are popular in classrooms across the U.S., and it's no wonder they can help soothe anxieties and ease the suffering of those with mental health issues.
If you think you've seen it all, think again. Iguanas make great service animals!
Many people have already heard that well-trained pigs are extremely similar in temperament to dogs. Though not all pigs will always pass the test, many pig owners find them to be smart and loyal animal friends.
Though it may make some people shiver, snakes can slither their way into the service animal category when they regulatory requirements.
If you can get them to provide a clear service, lizards can join the ranks of other fellow service animals.
It would be un-ferret (sorry, not sorry) if these sweet critters weren't considered support animals like their furry counterparts.
Of course, these soft, gentle creatures are good for your health.
14. Puppies & Kittens
Of course, full grown "regular" pets can be taught to provide all sorts of services to their owners. But even their younger counterparts can be considered service providers, depending on the owner's needs.