Does my Emotional Support Animal Need an ESA Vest?

Does my emotional support animal (ESA) have to wear a vest? The answer is no.  While the answer may seem simple enough, the laws and rights concerning service and support animals can be confusing.  Many people tend to confuse the roles of emotional support animals and service animals.  While both provide vital services, it is […]

What Does an Airline Approved ESA Letter Look Like?

In this post, we will cover the requirements airlines will be looking for in the ESA letter, why it’s important not to fake an ESA letter, and what a legitimate emotional support letter needs to include.

Emotional Support Animal Laws for Housing

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 […]

Can my Bird Qualify as an Emotional Support Animal?

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 […]

How to get an Emotional Support Animal in Missouri

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 […]

Can a New York Co-op building deny my Emotional Support Animal?

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 […]

How Can Pets Help Veterans with Mental Disorders

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 […]

Positive Mental Health Benefits of Owning an Animal

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 […]

Can Cats Provide Emotional Support?

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 […]

Guidelines for Flying with your Emotional Support Dog

More than likely, you have heard about emotional support dogs. Emotional Support Dogs are a great tool but have developed a bad reputation in the media. Unfortunately, even top news organizations are getting the rules and regulations around Emotional Support Animals wrong. Emotional Support Animals have saved many lives and could help you improve yours. Below […]

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