Humans and animals have a powerful bond that goes back centuries. Animals improve the quality of life for their owners. This is especially true with mental health issues, such as PTSD. A 2002 study shows that having an animal by your side benefits your mental health. It lowers blood pressure, improves mental health, or helps find comfort for someone who may suffer from panic attacks or sever social anxiety.
Since ESAs can help to decrease stress and anxiety, they could help an individual with these types of mental health issues to be less reliant on medication or therapy sessions.
If an elderly person can benefit from the companionship of a dog or cat who is a certified ESA. Having a pet around to care for and play with can help to brighten the spirits of seniors who live in assisted living or live alone.
The great thing about emotional support animals is they do not need any type of special training in order to qualify. Your ESA can be an animal that you already own, or one that you plan on getting in the near future.
As you may know there are large deposits and fees attached when renting a home or apartment. Did you know that if you register your animal as an ESA you won’t have to pay that deposit or monthly fee? Under the Fair Housing Act your emotional support animal can qualify for housing that has pet restriction or a no pet policy.
If you are like me you have a hard time leaving your animal behind. Most airlines have made it difficult to travel with a pet and if they allow it they charge hefty prices. According to the Air Carrier Access Act, you can fly with an ESA if the animal is registered. The best part is the airline can’t charge you a fee for flying with an ESA.