Do you know anyone who functions better when they have the support of someone else around? What if that someone else was an animal? It could be a dog, cat, bird, lizard, or whoever helps to make one feel more secure when they’re out in the world.
Think about veterans, or others who might possibly have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Their Emotional Support Animal is an invaluable asset to them in a world that might be a lot more frightening to them than the rest of us.
Perhaps you know someone who suffers from depression or anxiety and he or she feel less sad or anxious when they’re around their dog, cat, or other animal. So, instead of being trapped at home, they have the security of their Emotional Support Animal, so they can function out in the world. What if that same person wants to live in a building that won’t allow pets? Did you know that you could get a prescription from a licensed mental health practitioner that would allow you to have your pet in buildings that normally don’t allow pets? Additionally, if the building requires deposits or extra rent for animals, these fees should be waived if one has an Emotional Support Animal.
Think about college freshmen who are leaving home for the first time. They would feel so much more comfortable if they could have their family pet with them. The pet could function as a transitional object to help people who are slower to adjust to new situations.
There are numerous people who are terrified to fly. An Emotional Support Animal would be a really valuable asset to someone who has this issue.
Unlike Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals don’t have to have any special training to perform certain tasks for people. They only require as much training as an ordinary pet requires in order to live peacefully among humans without being a nuisance or danger to others. Additionally, the Emotional Support Animal must be fully toilet trained, with no bad habits.
Studies have shown real health benefits for those living with pets, including:
* Lower cholesterol
* lower blood pressure
* lower triglyceride
* reduced stress levels
* reduced feelings of loneliness
* better mental health
* increased activity
* more opportunities for exercise
* more time spent outdoors (for dog owners especially)
* more opportunities for socialization