ESA stands for “emotional support animal” and is used to describe an animal that aids someone with a diagnosed mental or emotional condition that impacts their daily life. ESA’s will assist their owner by providing comfort in stressful situations, and can, in turn, make their lives easier when it comes to coping with their struggles.
Emotional support animals are known to aid in depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, and many other mental illnesses that can cause a person distress. Any type of mental illness can cause anguish in severe situations, giving ESA an important job for those that really struggle.
There are a variety of approved animals that can qualify as ESA’s, including some unlikely candidates. ESA’s can be dogs, cats, pigs, ducks, and even snakes as long as the creature brings their owner comfort. There doesn’t seem to be a set requirement when it comes to species as long as your ESA can be easily contained or controlled in public settings.