Emotional Service Animal
Emotional service animals are becoming more accepted, and people are starting to be aware of their existence. It was not that long ago that people with ESA’s were facing great difficulties trying to find appropriate accommodation for them and their animals and the laws have come a long way over time.
What is an Emotional Service Animal?
An emotional service animal, emotional support animal or ESA, is a companion animal which is around for the purpose of providing its owner with therapeutic benefits if they are suffering from a psychiatric or mental disability. This disability must be verifiable by a mental health professional who will then issue a letter stating that you are eligible to get an ESA. These animals are becoming more popular and have been proven to help in mitigating the symptoms that these people experience.
What Are The Differences Between an ESA and a Service Animal?
There is often a lot of confusion regarding these two types of animals so let’s clarify the difference. A service dog is specifically trained to perform certain tasks for their disabled owner such as pulling a wheelchair or guiding someone while walking. The work that a service dog performs must be directly related to the persons disability and be something that they can’t do themselves. These dogs will also be able to accompany their owners into government owned buildings and on public transportation as they play a vital role in their owner’s survival.
An emotional support animals purpose is to provide therapeutic benefit to their disabled owner in the form of companionship. These animals require no formal training and don’t have any tasks to perform for their owners. The love, affection, and companionship they provide can greatly help aid in reducing the symptoms that are related to the person’s disability.
How Can I Get One?
If you have a mental or psychiatric disability, then you need to go and get assessed by a registered mental health professional. They will then evaluate you and your need for an ESA and decide if having one would significantly improve one or more of the symptoms you have from your disability. More often than not, you feeling lonely is not enough for approval, but that’s not to say that getting one is hard to do. If the mental health professional deems that getting an ESA would greatly benefit you, then they will supply you with a letter stating this, and you will then be permitted to go and get one registered. You can get a new pet registered or you can add your existing animal to the registration.
Is This Right For Me?
These animals are known to greatly aid in helping sufferers start to feel better and show signs of improvement. If you or someone you know is disabled under these circumstances, then it could definitely be worth scheduling and appointment. You can’t go and see your regular GP either, as they are most likely not a mental health professional. Therapists and psychiatrists will be able to provide the ESA letter of approval for you, and we can even put you in touch with one and could possibly make the process faster for you.