Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals provide integral aid that improves the quality of life for those most in need. At Heart of Chelsea, we are happy to provide our clients with Health Certificates and Certificates of Vaccination as required by your airline carrier.
Please respect that service travel is only permissible to animals defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are individually trained to perform specific tasks and to work with people with disabilities. According to the ADA, disabilities can be “physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” The work of the service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability.
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Emotional Support Animals
Emotional support animals are not considered service animals under the ADA. They may be trained for a specific owner, but they are not trained for specific tasks or duties to aid a person with a disability, and this is the main difference between ESAs and service animals. This doesn’t minimize the support these animals provide for people with a psychological disorder. They are considered companion animals and ease anxiety, depression, some phobias, and loneliness. In order to be considered an emotional support animal, they must be prescribed by a mental health professional for a patient with a diagnosed psychological or emotional disorder, such as anxiety, major depression, or panic attacks.
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