A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Disabilities may be physical, sensory, psychiatric, or intellectual.
The dog must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability. For example, a person who is blind or has limited vision may have a dog who is trained to guide him/her around obstacles to enable safe travel. A person with diabetes may have a dog that is trained to alert him when his blood sugar reaches high or low levels.
It depends. According to the ADA, there is “a distinction between psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals. If the dog has been trained to sense that an anxiety attack is about to happen and take a specific action to help avoid the attack or lessen its impact, that would qualify as a service animal.”
Service animals are governed and defined by Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A therapy animal is a pet trained to interact safely with many people to provide them with psychological or physiological therapy. Almost any animal can be a therapy animal including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and pigs.
Anyone who suffers from psychological or physiological disorders may tremendously benefit from a therapy animal. Therapy animals are most commonly used provide affection and comfort to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities.
Yes. Therapy animals do not have the same access rights as Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals. For instance, therapy animals cannot travel in the cabin of an airline for free and are not exempt from pet restricted housing.
Emotional support animals are companions to individuals who are diagnosed with psychological or emotional disorders. These animals may include a variety of animals, including dogs and cats.
Anyone who suffers from psychological or emotional disorders may tremendously benefit from an emotional support animal. For instance, an emotional support animal’s unconditional love might be a soothing remedy for a person suffering from debilitating depression.
No. Unlike service and therapy animals, emotional support animals are not required to undergo specialized training since their primary purpose is to provide their owners with emotional comfort.
An owner must obtain an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional in order to qualify his or her animal as an emotional support animal.
No. The ADA does not consider these animals services animals since they just provide comfort for people and, most importantly, have not been trained to perform and specific job or task. Keep in mind that some state and local governments allow people to bring emotional support animals into public places.
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