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.
The following organizations may offer additional guidance:
- Emotional Support Animal Registry of America offers a webpage that answers most frequently asked questions regarding emotional support animals.
- Assistance Dogs International (ADI) offers a programs search map where you can locate accredited service animal organizations in each state, as well as resources on laws based on location.
- America’s VetDogs provides free training and service dogs to program-eligible veterans, first-responders, and active-duty service members living with PTSD or other disabilities. Contact them at (866) 838-3647.