more than just pets; they play a crucial role in supporting individuals with mental health issues. These animals provide comfort, companionship, and unconditional love that can often help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.
Research studies have shown that emotional support animals can decrease depression and anxiety levels, resulting in improved mental health outcomes. These animals can also help individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by providing a sense of security and safety that they may have lost.
Moreover, emotional support animals have legal protections under certain laws. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) are two federal laws that offer legal protections to emotional support animals and their owners. Under these laws, individuals with an emotional or mental disorder can request accommodation for their emotional support animal, even if the property or airline has a “no pets allowed” policy.