Hi, my name is Peanut and I am a registered emotional support animal, or ESA. There were no vests in my size for an ESA, and so I have a service dog vest with an ID card in the pocket which shows that I am an ESA. With the proper documentation, such as a letter from your person’s doctor, we are able to go to many places!
There are many kinds of animals that can be ESA’s, and there are many jobs that we do! Our main job is to provide comfort, companionship, and support to our special person.
One of my gifts is knowing when help is needed and how to give it. This is unique to each therapy animal and person. This is why emotional support animals are owner-trained. Each situation is different, and many times, specialized training isn’t needed as we innately know how to give the support needed, by just being there.
Emotional support animals truly assist those who need it. They can help their person have a much higher quality of life just through their unconditional love and companionship.
One example of a therapy we offer is: a person with social anxiety can take us into social settings so that they are able to participate and interact socially instead of having to stay at home. We give courage.
Today my job was to travel to North Carolina with my special person, Beth, so that we could pick up a blind patient to transport to a blind rehab clinic. In this way, I also do some therapy work with patients.
I am a great co-pilot, but it is a lot of work!
At the end of the day, I have earned every second of my next nap!
ESA’s and Therapy dogs are not considered pets, and as such, are protected from housing discrimination by two federal statutes:
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988
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