Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals | Episode 068


Episode summary introduction:

Would like to start out this episode by explaining that there are BIG differences between emotional support animals and service animals. Both are important and have great purpose in helping their owners.

Topic 1:

Emotional support animals offer companionship. ESA do not have to be dogs. These animals can help with loneliness, depression, anxiety, and even phobias.

Topic 2:

Service Animals are trained to individually work or carry out tasks for an individual with a disability, such as a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental handicap.

Topic 3:

Emotional Support Animals provide their owners with companionship, preventing the feeling of loneliness and isolation. In the UToledo pilot study is discussed. Service Animals, dogs, are individually trained to do work and/or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.

Outro:

Know your rights

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is a federal law and Americans with disability act (ADA).

References:

https://usserviceanimals.org/blog/difference-service-animal-emotional-support-animal/

https://www.jcmh.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Emotional-Support-vs.-Service-Animals.pdf

https://adata.org/factsheet/service-animals

https://doggiedesigner.com/service-dog-statistics-and-facts/

https://adata.org/factsheet/service-animals

https://www.va.gov/HEALTHPARTNERSHIPS/docs/CCIServiceDogFactSheet.pdf

https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

https://www.americanhumane.org/app/uploads/2018/05/Definition-of-Service-Dog_3_7_18.compressed.pdf

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/everything-about-emotional-support-animals/

https://www.esaregistration.org/esa-facts/

https://therapypet.org/blog/the-emotional-and-mental-health-benefits-of-an-esa-pet/

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210521/Emotional-support-animals-can-provide-quantifiable-benefits-to-people-with-serious-mental-illness.aspx

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/fair-housing-act-and-assistance-animals

https://www.psychdogpartners.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions/laws

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