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 […]

Do I Need an Emotional Support Dog, Service Dog or Therapy Dog?

Dogs are amazing creatures, and they give their owners so much more than just companionship. Training enables them to perform a number of tasks to make their owners’ lives easier. They can even learn life-saving skills to help in an emergency. In fact, you have likely heard of emotional support dogs, service dogs, and therapy […]

Do I Need an ESA Letter or a Service Dog Certification?

Service Dog Certification or ESA Letter? 
Which one is best suited for me?

Dogs have been working with humans for thousands of years. Their loyalty, unconditional love and willingness to serve have brought the canine species into many areas of our lives. This includes helping those with both physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

There are two basic types […]

Emotional Support Animal Letter

Owners of emotional support animals have legal rights and protections under housing and travel laws if they possess an ESA letter.  

What is an ESA Letter?

An ESA letter is a document written and signed by a licensed healthcare professional that establishes a person’s need for an emotional support animal (ESA).

With an ESA letter, you […]

Top Animal Rescues and Shelters in California

In the state of California, way too many animals have a life that is way too short.  These loving souls are found abandoned, abused, and alone.  For many, the next step is a shelter and a short walk to the end of the line.  But, there are places trying to change that and give these […]

How Many Emotional Support Animals Can You Have?

Can a person have more than one emotional support animal? Can a person with a disability have more than one ESA at home? Can a person have two dogs, a cat and several birds in their home as emotional support pets? This is a reality for some people suffering from a disability, but does this have any legal implications?
Multiple […]

Emotional Support Animals vs. Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs

What is the difference between an Emotional Support Animal, Service Dog and Therapy Dog?

Emotional support animals or emotional support dogs do not have any special training and it is not required by law. Their primary role is to provide emotional comfort, companionship, friendship and affection to their owner. The idea around having an emotional support animal is that the […]

Service animal and emotional support animal differences

Service animals are particularly trained animals that help people with everyday activities, especially people with disabilities. In general, service animals are independently trained to perform functions to assist persons who are qualified individuals with a disability. According to ADA Requirements (2011), only dogs are considered to be service animals; while other animals such as miniature […]

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