An emotional support animal (ESA) can be just as helpful to a person with a disability or medical condition as a service animal. A person with a disability or medical condition who requires the use of an ESA should be able to obtain one easily. These animals can then provide therapeutic benefits to their owners, such as calming anxiety or stress.
It is important that people with disabilities have access to the same rights and protections as everyone else. This includes the right to own an emotional support animal and not be discriminated against when they travel with them or live with them.
Because of this, people may want to know what it takes to get an emotional support animal. They may also want to know what kind of protection federal and state laws can give them and their emotional support animals. This is what our article will cover.
Laws Around Emotional Support Animals
You may be wondering what rights you have to own an emotional support animal. In some cases, you may be able to take your emotional support animal on a plane or in a hotel.
However, it is important to note that federal and state laws differ on this topic. Some states have more protective laws than others when it comes to the rights of people with disabilities and their emotional support animals.
For example, New York City is known for having lots of protection when it comes to emotional support animals. These animals are allowed in the subway, hotels, and most office buildings. This is in contrast to other states which may extend such protection to service animals, but not emotional support animals.
One of the biggest matters to consider is housing laws. Many states have laws that allow people with disabilities to live in housing with their emotional support animals, even if the building has a no-pet policy. This can be a huge benefit to those who require the use of an emotional support animal.
Do Pet Deposits Apply to Emotional Support Animals?
Usually, apartment complexes require that regular pet owners pay a pet deposit. In most cases, however, the pet deposit may be waived for those who are taking their emotional support animals with them. In this scenario, emotional support animals are granted the same perks that service animals get.
This is because assistance animals are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). These laws make it so that landlords and airlines cannot charge a fee for an assistance animal. This is true even if there is a no-pet policy in place.
While this is true, there are still some situations where emotional support animals may be denied access to an apartment or building. This is if the animal poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others, for example. Landlords and airlines are also allowed to deny access to emotional support animals if they are not a good fit for the building and the accommodations that they have to provide are too unreasonable.
JulieJulie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.
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