Do Emotional Support Animals Count As Service Animals?

Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA.

It does not matter if a person has a note from a doctor that states that the person has a disability and needs to have the animal for emotional support.

What animals can legally be service animals?

Dogs are the most common service animals, assisting people in many different ways since at least 1927. Other animals such as horses are allowed per the ADA in the U.S. The service animal is not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to wear a vest, ID tag or a specific harness.

What is the difference between a service dog and an emotional support animal?

Many think that emotional support animals and service dogs are interchangeable, but these two types of service animals are meant for separate tasks. A service dog is specially trained to perform a function or job for an owner that has a physical, intellectual, or emotional disability.

Are emotional support animals protected?

Although emotional support animals do not have the same rights as service dogs under ADA, they are protected under the Fair Housing Amendment Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). Landlords are required to provide reasonable accommodations so you are granted equal opportunity to use and enjoy your housing.