Emotional Support Animals

"Help support them to support you"

The Issue

Our issue covers the misuse of Emotional Support Animals (ESA). Emotional Support Animals are typically dogs or cats that provide therapeutic benefits for a person who has mental health problems. ESA's can range in a wide variety of animals. Unlike other service animals, ESA's are not specially trained to preform tasks and do not have access to public spaces. Emotional Support Animals help with boosting self esteem, feeling more safe, decrease in symptoms, and increase in their sense of purpose. There has been an 82% reduction in symptoms of PTSD after one week of having an ESA. Our goal is to bring awareness to ESA by advocating against the misuse of ESA.

How others can help with this issue is by spreading the word through social media using the #EngagewithESA

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Taking Action

We plan to take action by creating a local program we named "Engage with ESA Training Center" where we plan to have trained professionals volunteer to train domesticated animals for people who are qualified to receive an ESA specifically matched to their needs.

Through our program we plan to reach out to the mayor and eventually a Texas Representative to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to include stricter qualifications for ESAs.

Others can help by reaching out to create programs like ours and help spread them nationwide to prevent the misuse of ESAs.

What We Learned

Mia: I learned that ESA's are not covered by the ADA and service animals are covered by the ADA.

Alexa: I learned the difference between ESA's, service animals, and therapy animals and how therapy animals and ESA's have very different rights compared to a service dog.

Mya: I learned that ESA are extremely misused.

Ariana: ESA animals are misused a lot because they try to bring animals like a peacock on an airplane.

Matthew: A thing I learned about Emotional Support Animals is that they do not have the same rights under the ADA. They help their owner with their mental health issue.

David: An ESA must fit in your lap or under your seat or feet when on an airplane. Must be clean and well controlled at all times. The animal cannot block aisle. You will not be permitted to sit in an exit row

Carlos: What I learned about the ESA is that the animals are getting taken advantage of by the owner by telling others that the pet is an ESA.

About Us!

Group 3: Advocating with Ashley!

Mya, Alexa, Ariana, Mia, Matthew, David, Carlos

We chose this issue because we want to ensure the proper use of an emotional support animal for people with mental health problems.

Fun Fact About Us:

We all know how to make eggs, we all play sports, and we all love TCU!!

ESA PSA (group 3)