There is always a lot of confusion involved where emotional support animals are concerned.
Most people think of it as a way for pet owner’s to take their pets everywhere and they can’t seem to look beyond the free airplane travels and other accommodation privileges.
I have been in situations where I had to explain to people that my dog is an emotional support animal(ESA); they were quick to judge.
You need to understand that not everyone can keep an ESA, people suffering from real emotional/mental disabilities are provided with an ESA Letter, after careful assessment.
So, your concerns about people wrongfully taking advantage of an ESA might not be valid.
Here’s how my emotional support dog saved me:
If you have a pet dog, you would agree that they bring you a sense of comfort and companionship. Your furry friend can fill out the missing void in your life and make you look forward to coming home to someone.
Now imagine someone struggling with depression and anxiety, having trouble getting out of bed every morning; the joy and happiness having a dog would bring them.
My story is similar when I first met my support dog, Beck; I was in a dark place battling depression. Beck with her constant love and support made me look at the brighter side of life, having her accompany me everywhere put my life in order.
Before Beck, while taking flights, my anxieties were at an all-time high. I stopped taking vacations and restricted myself to the walls of my home. I didn’t realize how important traveling was for my emotional health until I took my first vacation with Beck.
She helps calm my anxieties on the plane allowing me to travel easily — to meet my parents and take trips.
After having Beck accompany me to work, I started feeling better and motivated to perform better everyday. Having my constant support with me at work changed my life in a way medication couldn’t. I hope that people will now understand the need and benefits of an ESA. Have you experienced the same with your ESA? If you require an ESA to ease out your mental stress first go through an online free emotional support animal letter sample. After that you can easily have a new one issued compatible to your mental disorders by a mental health therapist.