An emotional support animal (ESA) is a companion animal that a medical professional has determined provides benefit for an individual with a disability. This may include improving at least one symptom of the disability. Emotional support animals, typically a dog or cat though this can include other species, may be used by people with a range of physical, psychiatric, or intellectual disabilities. In order to be prescribed an emotional support animal the person seeking such an animal must have a verifiable disability. To be afforded protection under United States federal law, a person must meet the federal definition of disability and must have a note from a a licensed therapist or psychiatrist stating that the person has that disability and that the emotional support animal provides a benefit for the individual with the disability. An animal does not need specific training to become an emotional support animal.
In the U.S., federal protection against housing discrimination is afforded to mentally disabled persons under two federal statutes: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) of 1988. These statutes, and the corresponding case law, create the general rule that a landlord cannot discriminate against disabled persons in housing, and if a reasonable accommodation will enable a disabled person to equally enjoy and use the rental unit, the landlord must provide the accommodation. Persons with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a waiver of a "no pets policy", for any assistance animal, including an emotional support animal, under both the FHAA and Section 504.
There are two federal laws which grant special rights to owners of Emotional Support Animal:
Emotional support cats provide emotional support, affection and companionship to their owners who are experiencing mental conditions, like anxiety, depression, panic disorders, post partum depression, mood swings, stress, fears, phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or suicidal tendencies. Emotional Support Animals help with a variety of conditions. Having an emotional support animal can greatly lessen these and many more disabilities.
Siberian cats are very personable and want to be near their owners. They enjoy the company of children, dogs, and other animals. Unlike many cats, Siberians are loyal companions. They are fearless and easygoing. Not much disturbs their natural calm and equanimity. They seem to know when they are needed for psychological and moral support and spend time with the person who needs that support. Activity and noise won’t bother him a bit. His calm nature gives him the potential to be a therapy cat. If nothing else, he will be happy to snuggle with you when you’re down with a cold or other illness. And although he loves attention, he’s not needy and will wait patiently until you have time to devote to him.
Emotional Support Cats are provided to qualifying veterans at no cost.
Purr-fect Cat Therapy formed the Purr-fect Cat Healing Vets program, PCT Inc. pairs high quality trained PCT cats with qualified veterans of our armed services who could benefit from feline assistance.
We provide ongoing lifetime support and hands-on assistance to all of the Client-ESA match.
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