About Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)

An emotional support animal (ESA) is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to a person with a psychiatric disability through devotion, affection and companionship. ESAs are usually dogs and cats but may consist of any animal, including rabbits, guinea pigs, parrots, and turtles. Unlike other service animals, emotional support animals do not require training to carry out specific tasks, and require only the same amount of training as an ordinary house pet.


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Benefits of Emotional Support Animals →

How to Designate Your Dog or Cat an ESA →

Psychiatric Disability →

Areas of Protection →

Airline Protection for ESAs →

Housing Protection for ESAs →

Special Provisions for ESAs in San Francisco →

Caring for Your ESA →

Other Types of Service and Therapy Animals →


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Michael Halyard, LPCC, LMFT

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor & Marriage and Family Therapist

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