SERVICE DOG FAQ
Is an Emotional Assistance Dog (ESA animal) a Service Dog?
NO! The law that allows a trained service dog to accompany a person with a disability is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
An emotional support animal is an animal (typically a dog or cat though this can include other species) that provides a therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship. While Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals under the ADA. It does not matter if a person has a note from a doctor that states that the person has a disability and needs to have the animal for emotional support. An emotional support animal currently only applies to housing and flying and an ESA requires no specific training to assist their owner or partner.
If you have a disability and require assistance with tasks to mitigate your disability then consider training a service animal to support you while being aware of all of the laws and requirements that go with a service animal.