Hope for Disabilities

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Emotional support animal

Emotional support animal

These types of pets are perhaps the most ambiguous as far as federal law is concerned. They’re used by people experiencing mental illness or psychological distress, and provide comfort just by their mere presence. Typically, they’re not trained for any particular task or function other than to be a well-mannered and calming presence for their owner. Although these animals are not accorded legal status, they are permitted to fly in the cabin of commercial aircraft if an individual is prescribed to have an emotional support animal, sometimes known as an ESA.