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Attributes of an Emotional Support Animal

An ESA is an animal companion that provides support, comfort, and companionship to the mentally and physically disabled person through their presence. Different types of animals can serve as ESAs but dogs, cats, and horses are proved to the best among them.

Though these animal pets are not specially trained to perform their owner’s tasks there are some important attributes that need to be present in them. They are as follows:

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Basic Practices

Emotional support animals should be well behaved with their owners in a certain environment. They need to be polite, compassionate, obedient and calm. They must have a socializing nature and should not harm anyone.

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Feel Comfortable when touched

An ESA must be comfortable with petting on the head, back or foot. Some people may have issues with muscle control and can be sloppy or accidentally cruel when petting animals. An emotional support animal will be disqualified if it shows any signs of aggression. Therefore, they must express a loving attitude with the patients.

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Therefore, an individual can get the services of these ESAs only if he is mentally or emotionally disabled. For that, it needs to consult a mental expert to get an emotional support letter. If the consultant feels the need to employ a dog as an ESA with the patient, an individual will get an emotional support dog letter. Only then it will be able to get a valuable companionship of an assistance animal.

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Federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA)

According to the FFHA, homeowners under the Housing Department provide an ESA letter for housing. They are required to make appropriate plans for enabling people with disabilities to carry an assistance pet with them at home. The Air Carrier Access Act also qualifies ESAs to accompany their owners in an airplane cabin, it will need paperwork to clarify why the owner has an illness and why the dog has to travel with them. 

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