I’m asked frequently about the use of “emotional support animals,” so I thought I would share a article regarding the differences between a emotional support animal vs. a psychiatric service animal.
Here are some of the highlights of the article below, which can be found in the APA Monitor (September 2016-41):
-While the Americans with Disabilities Act protects service animals, it does not cover emotional support animals.
-Emotional support animals are not specially trained like a psychiatric service dogs.
-Emotional support animals are only covered under the Air Carrier Access Act and Fair Housing Act. This act allows them to fly in airplane cabins and helps to circumvent no-pets rules in housing, including dorm rooms.
-People are abusing the emotional support animal concept by going online and buying jackets for their dogs that say they they’re emotional support dogs.