These 17 Incredible Beasts Make Surprisingly Amazing Service Animals

By Briana Hansen

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.

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1. Rat

While they're not exactly welcome guests in some homes, you may be shocked to learn that pet rats can be great service animals. Bearded Dragon

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2. Bearded Dragon

Game of Thrones fans will be happy to learn that traveling with your dragons to surprising locations isn't just something Daenerys is capable of. These creatures can provide a great service to their real-world owners.

3. Duck

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.

4. Turkey

If you thought turkeys couldn't fly, think again. People were really gobbling up this surprising passenger on a Delta flight.

5. Chicken

Yes, I'm being totally clucking serious. Chickens actually make surprisingly good therapy animals, according to Psychology Today.

6. Hedgehog

These poky pals can be excellent companions who provide great services to their humans when properly trained.

7. 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.

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8. Gerbil

Gerbils can burrow under anything, including your heart. So of course, they make great official service animals.

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9. Iguana

If you think you've seen it all, think again. Iguanas make great service animals!

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10. Pig

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.

11. Snake

Though it may make some people shiver, snakes can slither their way into the service animal category when they regulatory requirements.

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12. Lizard

If you can get them to provide a clear service, lizards can join the ranks of other fellow service animals.

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13. Ferret

It would be un-ferret (sorry, not sorry) if these sweet critters weren't considered support animals like their furry counterparts.

14. Pony

Both regular size horses and miniature ponies can provide their owners with invaluable services. Mini horses, especially, have shown to be really stress-relieving companions.

15. Llamas & Alpacas

Bigger animals just mean they've got bigger hearts to love you harder. These animals are apparently similar to dogs, only without some of the excess energy from your feisty Fido.

16. Rabbit

Of course, these soft, gentle creatures are good for your health.

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17. 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.