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30 Emotional Support Animals People Really Have

Best Life Logo By Sarah Crow of Best Life | Slide 1 of 31: There’s no denying the plethora of benefits having an animal companion can provide. Research has linked owning a pet to reduced rates of heart disease, improved weight loss outcomes, and lower blood pressure. In fact, having a pet may just be the key to better mental health, too—researchers at the University of British Columbia have even linked time spent with animals to significant reductions in stress and a spike in overall wellbeing.So, considering the uptick in anxiety in the United States in recent years (as per the American Psychiatric Association’s annual report, where year after year, the percentage slowly increases bit by bit), it’s no wonder that more people are turning to emotional support animals than ever before. However, it’s not just your typical service dog providing their owner support these days.“There is a big uprising in people trying to pass their personal pets off as emotional support animals (ESAs)—and hence regulations and registrations are becoming stricter. In fact, many airlines now only allow ESAs to be dogs, as people were increasingly trying to pass off everything from peacocks to turtles as certified ESAs for a free lift,” says Nicole Ellis, a certified dog trainer and pet expert with Rover.com. “In order to have an ESA, a licensed therapist needs to write a letter of recommendation, saying a person should have one, based on their assessments.” With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 30 craziest emotional service animals people actually have, from marsupials to monkeys. And if you think that’s wild, check out these 40 Animals That Are Real-Life Heroes.

30 Emotional Support Animals People Really Have

There’s no denying the plethora of benefits having an animal companion can provide. Research has linked owning a pet to reduced rates of heart disease, improved weight loss outcomes, and lower blood pressure. In fact, having a pet may just be the key to better mental health, too—researchers at the University of British Columbia have even linked time spent with animals to significant reductions in stress and a spike in overall wellbeing.

So, considering the uptick in anxiety in the United States in recent years (as per the American Psychiatric Association’s annual report, where year after year, the percentage slowly increases bit by bit), it’s no wonder that more people are turning to emotional support animals than ever before. However, it’s not just your typical service dog providing their owner support these days.

“There is a big uprising in people trying to pass their personal pets off as emotional support animals (ESAs)—and hence regulations and registrations are becoming stricter. In fact, many airlines now only allow ESAs to be dogs, as people were increasingly trying to pass off everything from peacocks to turtles as certified ESAs for a free lift,” says Nicole Ellis, a certified dog trainer and pet expert with Rover.com. “In order to have an ESA, a licensed therapist needs to write a letter of recommendation, saying a person should have one, based on their assessments.” With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 30 emotional service animals people actually have, from marsupials to monkeys. And if you think that’s wild, check out these 40 Animals That Are Real-Life Heroes.

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