an animal that provides a therapeutic benefit to a person diagnosed with a psychological disorder, as anxiety, depression, or PTSD, and that is allowed to accompany the person in certain public places where pets are not allowed, as the cabin of an airplane. Abbreviation: ESA
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How to use emotional support animal in a sentence
Kimberly Davidson, the head of adoptions at 4 Paws 4 Life, said many people who adopted pets said they needed “an emotional support animal” during the pandemic.So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out | Dana Hedgpeth | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
The Fair Housing Act mandates that both service and emotional support animals be allowed in rental and government housing.
It has reclassified emotional support animals as pets, created new regulations around the definition of a true service animal, and established new forms and procedures that disabled people will need to follow.
The single biggest achievement of these new rules is the redefinition of emotional support animals.
However, no training is required for emotional support animals, which has led some to question their legitimacy.Airlines will no longer be required to transport emotional support animals | Lori Aratani | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post