play a big role in the well being of many people. According to Service
Dog Central, an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 task trained service
animals are currently registered in the United States.
support animals (ESA) are pets which have been prescribed by a licensed
mental health professional to reduce the symptoms of that person's
psychological/emotional disability. Any domesticated pets, and at any
age, can qualify to be an ESA. An ESA does not require any training, but
must be manageable in public and must not be a nuisance. ESA's are
protected under federal law and can, with proper paperwork, fly on
airplanes. In some cases they can live in a no-pet house as well to aid
their owner. They are allowed in public places, but if asked by
businesses, the owner must provide a letter from the licensed mental
health provider that prescribed the ESA stating that they are allowed to
Service animals are dogs that are trained to perform
certain tasks for people with different disabilities. For example,
seeing eye dogs- are specifically trained to help complete tasks and
navigate those who are blind while other dogs are specifically trained
to pull wheelchairs. Dogs who are service providers are allowed anywhere
other customers are allowed under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
animals differ from service animals because they do not have protection
under federal law like service animals do and are not trained. They are
used to comfort and provide affection for people in times of need and
suffering- like hospital patients, people with disabilities, disaster
areas, hospice care, and nursing homes. Most therapy animals are dogs,
but other animals like cats and rabbits are used as well. The animals do
not belong to the people they are providing comfort to, but by
caregivers or organizations.
In public, it is important that
people do not approach service dogs because that may hinder their
ability to provide for their owner. The same can be said towards dogs in
Without animals that provide these kind of services,
many people's lives would be disrupted. Some would not be able to do
daily tasks such as answering the phone or safely move around. Service
animals have proven to be man's best friends.
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