Where can I learn more about emotional support animals (ESA)?

The website Canine Journal provides a thorough discussion of the differences between a Service Animal vs Therapy Animal vs Emotional Support Animal and an overview of the training and certification involved. The Dogs and PTSD section of the National Center for PTSD website discusses the emotional benefits of having a support dog, the difference between an “emotional support animal” vs “service animal,” and factors to consider before getting a support or service animal.

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Call: 800-950-NAMI (6264) 

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Email: helpline@nami.org

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