An Emotional Support Animal is prescribed to individuals
with anxiety and depression most of the time. This animal
can only accompany a patient in their home or apartment.
This includes apartments or homes that are not
“pet-friendly.” ESA dogs are allowed under the Federal
Housing Amendment Act to be made exceptions to strict
no-pet policies. ESA dogs may also be allowed on
commercial air flights, provided that they present their
ESA letter well in advance of departing on the
There is quite a big difference between a service dog and
an emotional support animal. First and foremost, a service
dog is prescribed by a physician to assist heavily
disabled patients, usually as a “seeing eye” companion for
the blind. A service dog can also be taken anywhere, such
as a bank, an airplane, a grocery store, and even court!
ESA dogs are not afforded this privilege.
People who want a pet companion for travel on trains or
airplanes, or want to have them be allowed at their home
or apartment, despite their landlord or property managers
“No Pet” policy will be ideal candidates for emotional
support animals, not service dogs.