Can a Pet Fish Improve Mental Health

Elmo, the lovable, furry red monster from Sesame Street, had a goldfish in a bowl named Dorothy, his friend. Every show saw Dorothy in her bowl on a table next to Elmo, and although the audience couldn't hear her, she was a constant participant of the show—with some translations by Elmo himself. Dorothy always helped [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:23+00:00October 10th, 2020|Emotional Support Animals|0 Comments

Best Emotional Support Dog Breeds for Depression

Depression is often hard to spot. It can mask itself as anger or anxiety. The fatigue from depression can also disguise itself as stress or feeling sick. According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), about 17.7 million people (7.2%) in the U.S. will have a major depressive episode in their lifetime. Suicide, which [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:25+00:00September 17th, 2020|Mental Health|15 Comments

How to Get an Emotional Support Animal in Pennsylvania

There’s more to the Keystone State than food, though it’s hard to deny the draw of Philly cheesesteaks and Hershey bars. If you’re in Pennsylvania, you’ll find many pet-friendly restaurants, so you and your pet can enjoy Pennsylvania’s famous food together! Pennsylvania’s diverse landscape and balanced mix of rural and populous city areas give it a [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:25+00:00September 10th, 2020|Emotional Support Animals|0 Comments

6 Best Cat Breeds for Emotional Support

Cat videos go viral for a reason: Furry felines are silly, majestic, and adorable all at the same time. If watching cat videos can lift your spirits and brighten your day, imagine what a real cat can do! Independent and stubborn, cats are notoriously fickle about choosing their humans. Once you’ve earned a cat’s trust [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:25+00:00September 1st, 2020|Cats|5 Comments

How to Verify a Request for an Emotional Support Animal: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants

As a landlord, HOA, co-op, or other housing provider, you may have received a request from a tenant that is looking to live with an emotional support animal (ESA). Housing providers want to comply with their obligations under Fair Housing laws to accommodate tenants with ESAs, but also want to make sure the request is [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:26+00:00August 7th, 2020|Housing|0 Comments

Can an LCSW write an ESA letter?

An emotional support animal (ESA) can bring much-needed comfort to individuals with mental health disorders. To qualify for an ESA a licensed medical health professional must attest in an ESA letter that their patient benefits from having an ESA. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) can indeed make this decision and write an ESA letter. [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:27+00:00August 4th, 2020|Mental Health|2 Comments

Can a Hamster Qualify as an Emotional Support Animal?

An emotional support animal (ESA) is much more than a pet. An ESA fulfills a specific role as a therapeutic source to someone with an emotional or mental disability. By providing company, affection, and attention, an emotional support animal can make the difference for someone trying to overcome a diagnosed disability.  Unlike a service animal, [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:28+00:00July 27th, 2020|Emotional Support Animals|1 Comment
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