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 Service Animals
The law is clear on having more than one service animal. It recognizes that some individuals can actually need two or more to be able to function from day to day. The specifics have been outlined in the Americans With Disabilities (ADA) act FAQs. But it also acknowledged situations where accommodating more than one service animal might become a problem, such as in a crowded restaurant or in the individual’s own home.
More than One Emotional Support Animal
But while the ADA doesn’t provide a specific number for how many emotional support animals an individual can have, the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) is more explicit about the “no pets” rule. Landlords are asked to adjust and modify its policies for tenants with emotional support animals. These individuals must be extended the same rights as regular tenants to fully use the facilities of the property, housing complex or apartment. In certain cases, such as accommodating two or more emotional support animals, the landlord and the tenant must be able to agree on all the terms.
But how many emotional support animal is considered reasonable? The individual who has an emotional support animal must be able to determine this while considering the animal’s welfare and living conditions. For instance, if the person is only renting out a small room, it would not be practical to have too many emotional support animals. If one of the emotional support animals is a horse, it wouldn’t make sense to house this in an apartment complex, when it should be in a stable.
There are also feeding, grooming, cleaning and veterinary concerns, such as shots and medicines, to consider with having more than one emotional support animal. It goes without saying that the individual must be able to provide these needs for the animals regularly.
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