Updated November 2019: You are permitted to have more than one Emotional Support Animal. However, the Department of Transportation recently released new information clarifying that the airlines can limit the number of Emotional Support Animals you may fly with. If this impacts you, learn more about Flying with your ESA.
As the stresses of this world seem out-of-control, there are more and more people turning to the aid of a companion of a different kind, the emotional support animal.
Whether it be a dog or cat, or one that sports a body full of feathers or scales, the Emotional Support Animal is providing those individuals that struggle with an emotional disability the help they need in troubled times.
In this post, we will cover some important facts about the difference between an Emotional Support Animal and the Service Animal, as well as answer the question of; can I have more than one ESA?
If you are ready to qualify for an emotional support animal, complete the questionnaire in the link below and connect with a licensed mental health professional.
ESA or Service Animal?
There may be some confusion when it comes to the difference between an Emotional Support Animal and a Service Animal.
The ESA does not need to be specifically trained, whereas a Service Animal (which is usually of the canine species) requires special training.
Service Dogs provide those with physical disabilities the ability to live a normal life by guiding (as with the blind), opening doors, or pulling wheelchairs. These working dogs are also given full access rights because they are a necessary part of the individual’s way-of-life.
The Emotional Support Animal, albeit just as important, does not need to be specifically trained. For this reason, the ESA is only legally allowed into “no pets” policy rental units and into the cabin of an aircraft.