Legal considerations play a crucial role when hiring animal talent, especially regarding venue specifics and coverage details. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a film shoot, or an influencer campaign, understanding these aspects is essential to ensure compliance and mitigate risks effectively. In this blog, we’ll provide insights to help you navigate these legal considerations with confidence.


Understanding Venue Requirements

When selecting a venue for your event or production, it’s important to consider any specific requirements or restrictions related to animals. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Permits and Licenses: Certain venues may require permits or licenses for bringing animals onsite, especially if it’s a public space or a location with strict regulations. Ensure that you obtain all necessary permits and approvals beforehand to avoid legal issues.
  • Insurance Coverage: Verify whether the venue has adequate insurance coverage for potential incidents involving animals. This includes liability coverage for injuries or damages caused by the animals during the event or production.
  • Venue Policies: Familiarize yourself with the venue’s policies regarding animals, including any restrictions on species, sizes, or behaviors. Ensure that you comply with these policies to avoid disruptions or conflicts during your event or production.

For example, if you’re planning to host a wedding at a public park, you may need to obtain a special event permit that includes provisions for bringing animals on-site. Failure to secure the necessary permits or insurances could result in fines or penalties.


For instance, if you’re renting a venue for a film shoot, you’ll want to verify that the venue has liability insurance that covers any incidents involving animals. This could include coverage for property damage caused by animals or injuries sustained by attendees.

NOTE: some wranglers and agencies carry their own policies.


Let’s say you’re organizing a corporate event at a hotel venue. Before finalizing the booking, review the hotel’s policies regarding animals to ensure compliance. Some venues may have restrictions on certain species or require proof of vaccinations for animals brought onto the premises.


Coverage Details for Animal Talent

When hiring animal talent, it’s essential to understand the scope of coverage provided and any limitations or exclusions. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Health and Safety: Ensure that animal talent is covered by appropriate health certificates and vaccinations to safeguard against potential health risks. Additionally, verify that the animals are trained and handled by experienced professionals to ensure safety and well-being.
  • Liability Protection: Seek assurances that the animal talent is covered by liability insurance to protect against any incidents or accidents involving the animals. This coverage should extend to both property damage and bodily injuries caused by the animals during the engagement.
  • Contractual Agreements: Review contractual agreements carefully to understand the terms and conditions governing the engagement. Pay attention to clauses related to ownership rights, usage rights, exclusivity agreements, and indemnification provisions to ensure clarity and protection for all parties involved.


Let’s say you’re collaborating with a social media influencer to promote a pet product using their pet dog. Before finalizing the partnership, carefully review the scope and terms on the animal list or the contract to ensure that it includes provisions for usage rights, or exclusivity agreements. This will help protect your rights and mitigate any potential legal disputes.


By understanding venue requirements and coverage details for animal talent, you can navigate the legal considerations effectively and mitigate risks associated with hiring animals for your event or production. The animal list is committed to supporting you every step of the way, providing guidance and assistance to ensure a seamless and successful experience.

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