An emotional support animal can be a dog, pig, monkey — even a miniature horse that helps humans that are struggling emotionally. In order to be an ESA, a licensed therapist must deem it as such. These animals have specific rights that differ from both service dogs and regular pets:
- They’re protected under the Fair Housing Act.
- They’re allowed to fly with owners in an airplane cabin. Currently, airlines will not allow snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents, sugar gliders, or spiders to fly. They will allow miniature horses onboard as ESAs. In 2020, the DOT proposed revising the species rule to only allow emotional support dogs to fly in the cabin and not all ESAs.
- A special letter from your therapist denotes your ESA.
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