NSAR

National Service Animal Registry

NSAR

National Service Animal Registry

Service Dog or ESA? Which Do You Qualify For?

Do you qualify for a service dog or an emotional support animal (ESA)? This is a common question that we'll help you answer in just a few seconds!

Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

Emotional Support Animals
An ESA is a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or other pet that provides calming or other benefits to a person with an emotional disability, such as anxiety, depression etc. - even temporary. ESA's do not have to be trained, but a prescription letter is required to qualify.

Service Dogs

A service dog is trained to do a job that his/her owner can't perform without help due to a physical or psychiatric disability. Although these dogs may provide emotional support, they are trained or able to provide assistance beyond calming benefits.
Service Dog

Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

Emotional Support Animals
An ESA is a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or other pet that provides calming or other benefits to a person with an emotional disability, such as anxiety, depression etc. - even temporary. ESA's do not have to be trained, but a prescription letter is required to qualify.

Service Dogs

Service Dog
A service dog is trained to do a job that his/her owner can't perform without help due to a physical or psychiatric disability. Although these dogs may provide emotional support, they are trained or able to provide assistance beyond calming benefits.