Emotional Support Animals, by definition, aim to provide comfort and companionship to alleviate mental health issues by their presence, working on an individual scale. Studies have shown some of the benefits of companion pets. According to one study, conducted a study where college students where observed in their cardiovascular behavior in their interaction with dogs. […]
According to the study, “The power of support from companion animals…,” there were significant findings for the benefits of canine companionship for those with PTSD, feelings of loneliness, depression, worry, and irritability. When it comes to people with anxiety, the study stated that owners could conclusively tell when animals could sense when support for mental […]
Therapy Animals have more training than emotional support animals but are typically trained to interact with multiple people. Deployed as stress-relievers, they often are seen in hospitals, airports, and college campuses. Usually, these animals are used in “animal-assisted therapy” in nursing homes and help build rapport between a therapist and a child. Their public access […]
Emotional Support Animal Laws – Housing
Do I have to pay additional rent for my ESA? (NO)
Can a landlord ask for proof for an ESA? (YES, it’s called an ESA letter)
Can my landlord deny my ESA dog because it is a pit bull or other breed? (NO)
Can my landlord enforce weight […]
When individuals think of service or emotional support animals, they often associate them with dogs or cats. Dogs are the most common service animals because they are specifically trained to perform a job for an individual with a disability. It is important not to confuse service animals with emotional support animals. Service animals (dogs and […]
The laws regarding emotional support animals are federal and therefore must be followed by all states. The process for designating an animal as an emotional support animal is the same for all states, including Missouri.
Emotional Support Animal Letter
For an animal to be considered an emotional support animal the owner must have an ESA letter stating […]
Co-op buildings are buildings where tenants are shareholders of the building. Co-ops are run by the Co-op Board the owners and tenants must follow building rules.
New York State prohibits apartments, condos, and co-ops from denying an applicant due to age, sex, religion, race, disability, etc.
Emotional support animals and their owners are protected […]
History of Animals Assisting Veterans
The use of service dogs for veterans dates back to World War II when a stray Yorkshire terrier named Smoky got adopted by the community of soldiers and helped accompany doctors and nurses in military hospitals. Smoky is regarded as one of the first therapy dogs to serve American soldiers. The […]
Animals can have a monumental impact on the health and well-being of people, especially those who have health conditions and mental disorders. Studies on how humans and animals interact have shown many positive benefits as well as the negative impact that animals can have on people. While 68% of U.S. households have a pet, how […]
While dogs are considered to be a more popular choice in regards to certified assistance animals, cats have been on the rise as another choice for people with disabilities and health conditions. However, the stereotypes against cats have been a deterrent towards this prospect; hence many researchers have been asking the question “can cats provide […]