Many people learn about Emotional Support Animals and think it’s a hoax or a scam! This is because when you see emotional support dogs it’s usually in public places where animals are normally not allowed. The public is harsh about seeing animals in typically “human only” areas because they’re often associated with household pets! Household pets can often be unruly and unmanageable, and often seen as a distraction.
This is what puts an extreme importance on Emotional Support Dogs and other service animals wearing vests, and owners carrying their ID cards. While on duty, an Emotional Support Animal should wear the proper vest and ID card while in public places with their owner.
What is important to remember about Emotional Support Dogs, or Emotional Support Animals is that they are a vital factor in their owner’s lives. While many people would associate animals in public place as a luxury to the owner, it is in fact a necessity! The truth is, without Emotional Support Animals in the vicinity of their owners, life for patients suffering from a disability would be extremely difficult.
The Emotional Support of an Animal can be a relief to humans for a variety of reasons. The most popular reasons doctors and mental health professionals recommend emotional support animals to their patients is for an effect that no drug can replicate and no surgery can compare. These animals require the love and affection from their humans that nothing can really replace.
The dependency that Emotional Support Animals create for their owner keeps their owner less focused on their own nerves and more on the animal. By introducing an animal into the life of someone with extreme anxiety or depression, it can have drastic changes to their psyche.
Sometimes these Emotional Support Dogs are part of the treatment program that a person and their mental health professional have discussed. Emotional Support Dogs act as a minimizer to negative symptoms of a patient’s mental health. Many animals that are considered household pets can be considered for an Emotional Support Animal certification.
Their tasks and training can range, but many Emotional Support Animals provide a comfort just by being present and do not necessarily have to be trained. Often an animal has perceptive instincts before a human does, of their own condition.
Many animals can feel the onset of a seizure and prepare it’s owner to find a comfortable and safe environment to get into. Other times animals can perceive their surroundings better than humans, and can warn their owner to avoid a typically dangerous or potentially harmful stimulation to their owner.
Other times, Emotional Support Animals can have the added benefit of being trained like service animals to reach, turn off or on, and retrieve vital documents, technology and medicines for their owner. More likely, these trained animals are considered Service Animals although with a recommendation from a mental health professional, a Service Dog can also be an Emotional Support Dog.
This is because Emotional Support plays a completely different role than both Service Animals and Comfort Animals, it is an individualized pet that can have dramatic benefits for it’s owner while at home or performing daily duties.
The legal protections and rights that protect these animals by law are the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988. These laws describe that any emotionally disabled or a patient with a recommendation from a licensed therapist can have their Emotional Support Animal with them at all times, even in areas where animals may not necessarily be welcomed. These laws protect the animals and their carriers while flying, and in regards to their home should they live in a rental property.
Under the ACAA, your emotional support dog can fly in the cabin of the plane without an additional fee. It is recommended of course, to make the appropriate accommodations and alert the appropriate management. While traveling, these Emotional Support Dogs can be a significant part in calming nerves, alerting their owner of the onset of seizures, and other medically necessary regulations for their owners.
Traveling can be stressful even if you have normal range of motion, and a relatively good health record. For patients suffering from insomnia, anxiety, depression, seizures, social anxiety and a plethora of other diagnosis’s emotional support animals can mean the difference of traveling or not.
In many cases, an emotional support dog provides access to these rather stressful and chaotic situations for patients, giving them the ability to travel for work, family and vacation.
When an emotional animal becomes a necessary accommodation for a patient, the FHAA law protects those individuals by allowing the handler access to a fair lease agreement with no fees associated with an emotional support animal living in the rental with the patient. Being able to live freely with a household pet would be a luxury for many people.
The FHAA states that individuals with recommendations from mental health professionals, stating that their patient would benefit from having an emotional support animal, are not to be charged fees for their pet’s living in their rental.
The importance of Emotional Support Animals and the intricate job they play is now becoming a more popular treatment for mental health disorders. This can mean the difference for animals and their owners, looking to be recognized as benefitting from the services that their animal provides.
The more information that comes out each year, points to the direct benefit that animals lives have on us humans. Many people understand humans as different than animal and thus far enough away from the furry house pets and wild beasts of nature, to be considered different and unrelated. The science and statistics are becoming clearer and clearer, that animals have an intricate part to play on the psyche of the human mind.