NSAR

National Service Animal Registry

NSAR

National Service Animal Registry
Service Dog and Emotional Support Animal Blog

A Service Dog and Emotional Support Animal Blog

The Many Benefits of Having an Emotional Support Animal

Emotional support animals (ESAs) are pets (usually dogs and cats) who provide vital assistance to people suffering from a mental illness. While it's become increasingly acceptable in recent years to talk openly about the struggles of living with a mental illness, not everyone who could qualify for an ESA is taking advantage of the life-changing difference living with an ESA can make. To qualify for an ESA, pet owners need to have a letter from a mental health professional verifying that they're living with a disability, so there is a process you have to go through in order to have your pet registered as an emotional support animal. Tags can denote your pet's status, and there are certification costs, but the benefits associated with ESAs far outweigh the cost and effort. [...]

How a Service Dog Should Behave in Public Situations

Service dogs serve a variety of purposes for individuals with disabilities. If you or your loved one has a disability, contact the best service dog registry to see how a service dog can help. A picture of Sully, President George H.W. Bush's service dog, sitting beside the former president's casket in the U.S. Capitol, illustrates the loyalty and obedience of these special dogs. If you have a service dog, you need to know how your dog should behave in public places. [...]

Are Landlords Able to Deny an ESA?

If you have an emotional support animal, you may be under the impression that you can take them everywhere. That's one of the principal advantages of obtaining your emotional support dog registration in the first place - helping you identify your animal to the public. If you get anxious in crowds or tend to feel isolated and insecure when you're in unfamiliar environments, having an ESA can help settle your nerves and ease your anxiety. What if you're moving to a new place? If you're considering renting a new apartment, is your landlord required to accept your emotional support animal when you move in? Here's what you should know regarding landlords and your rights to an ESA. [...]

What Disabilities Qualify You for a Service Dog?

For those who live with disabilities, a service animal can be more than just a companion. A service animal is a specially trained assistant that can help a person accomplish a specific task that would otherwise be difficult or impossible because of their disability. While the tasks for which service animals are trained vary widely from person to person based on condition, the rights of those who rely on service animals are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Acts. A service dog registry can provide additional credentials for those who use service animals to accomplish daily tasks, but the rights of service dog users are protected nonetheless by the law of the land. [...]

Tips for Getting an ESA Letter for Flying

For individuals who rely on an emotional support animal, it's extremely important that they be able to bring those animals along with them when they travel. Traveling via airline can be extremely stressful for everyone-and even more so for those with an anxiety disorder. If you struggle with anxiety or another emotional or mental disorder, and you rely on an ESA to assist you with it, here are some things you should know about flying with your ESA. [...]