very sad dog looks like he is thinking of his girl, which is very far away

very sad dog looks like he is thinking of his girl, which is very far away

Can I bring my pet with me to Spillian?

We’re sorry, but no. Though we love animals, Spillian is not set up for visiting four-legged guests.

By federal law, we are required to welcome disability service animals. And we do so with no hesitation!

Here are the caveats, to this, though:

We know that a lot of folks love their dogs and have found that given the federal laws right now about disability disclosures, if they claim their animal as a service animal or emotional support animal, they can gain access to lots of places. We ask that you please not do this here unless your animal is, in fact, trained and officially assisting you with a disability. This does not include emotional support animals.

This is a historic mansion with a whole lot of irreplaceable elements and we have found that even generally well-behaved dogs are often challenged by being in new surroundings, and we have had damage from canine visitors whose humans were astounded that they hadn’t behaved well. There really are major differences between beloved pets and trained service animals.

Want to learn more? Here’s a great article on the differences and why it matters from The New Yorker.

If you bring a service animal and it causes damage, we will require reimbursement for damages, like any other guest that incurs damages.

Unless you truly need yours to function, we ask that you please leave yours at home. Thank you!