Emotional Support Animals
Not all animals that individuals with a disability rely on meet the definition of a service animal for purposes of ADA. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an emotional support animal is any animal that provides emotional support alleviating one or more symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. Emotional support animals provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and sometimes help with depression, anxiety, and certain phobias, but do not have special training to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities. Emotional support animals are not limited to dogs.
In some cases emotional support animals are permitted to accompany individuals to their workplace and/or in housing that does not normally allow animals. Only doctors can write letters to support this.
Although it is not legally required, we highly suggest having your emotional support animal go through advanced training if you plan to have him/her accompany you in the workplace or housing that does not otherwise allow pets. On a case by case basis, we can provide a training certificate and/or letter to better your chances of having your pet accepted as part of a reasonable accommodation.
It is very important to understand that an Emotional Support Animal DOES NOT have the same access rights as a Service Dog and we will not condone, support, or take on any clients that abuse the system by passing off their Emotional Support Animal as a Service Dog or those who take their Emotional Support Animal anywhere that does not otherwise allow pets except the workplace or their homes.
Please fill out our application for services so we can give you a call and get your evaluation scheduled. Pricing and services are custom tailored to your dog’s temperament and your goals.