Are dogs allowed in Walgreens?
It is definitely not everyday that you get to ask this question and I am very much aware that answers are often rare when you need them the most…
So I have decided to give a detailed explanation of the Walgreens pet policy and the dog friendliness of this giant pharmacy store chain.
Let`s dive in.
Is Walgreens Dog Friendly?
Walgreens is technically not a dog friendly store since they only allow service animals inside their premises. Shoppers accompanied by service animals will be allowed entry at every Walgreens location.
If your dog is not regarded as a service animal then it will be up to the store manager to allow you entry but that is not possible in many cases.
There are actually incidences where some customers are denied entry inside Walgreens stores despite their dogs being registered as a service animal. One example is when a former Marines was denied entry inside a Walgreens store in North Texas as reported by FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth:
Why Are Service Dogs Allowed In Walgreens?
Service animals have a much bigger role to play in the lives of the disabled so it is required by law for retail stores like Walgreens to allow them entry.
The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a service animal as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
A very good example is when a dog is trained to alert a diabetic person when their blood sugar is high or low.
This is very important for the health of the person and since medical emergencies can happen anywhere, the law enforces retail stores to allow all service animals entry within their premises.
Why Walgreens Does Not Allow Ordinary Dogs
Ordinary dogs are not allowed inside Walgreens stores because pharmacies have to follow strict health and sanitary guidelines. Allowing animals entry inside the stores can be a health and sanitary risk for their many customers.
Alternatively, 1-15% of the American people are allergic to dogs so it then becomes a duty of public places like stores to protect such individuals.
Walgreens Pet Policy
Walgreens have a very clear pet policy stating that they only allow service animals inside their stores.
ADA defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to perform tasks for a person with disabilities.
Any other animal is not included in this definition so all the other pets are automatically denied entry inside a Walgreens store.
If your dog is not regarded as a service animal it will be the discretion of the store manager to allow you entry but that is not the outcome in many cases.