Yeah you heard it! People can keep squirrels as their emotional support animals.
One statistic states that 6% of the entire world population has become victims of depression. America alone carries almost 20% of the population that suffers from depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.
Doctors have come up with numerous ways to deal with and treat mental disabilities. A very effective way to deal with such disabilities is to get patient support of animals. These animals are known as emotional support animals.
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal or pet that provides companionship to people who are emotionally and mentally disturbed or disabled. They are untrained friends that help treat a patient by just providing unconditional love and affection. They just provide emotional support and back to people in need.
Unlike trained service animals, ESAs cannot help their owners in performing their different tasks. They can just be your partners in solitude and can alarm you of some situations
Societies are full of people suffering from depression and multiple tensions which make them a victim of discrimination. They no longer feel socially accepted and fall prey to loneliness. Doctors and mental health professionals suggest that in such cases, mental therapy is done by the presence of your furry friends.
Emotional support can help treat all mental illnesses. Doctors believe that animal’s emotional support to patients can help cure their disease.
Who can be your ESA?
Any animal can be your emotional support, but not every animal enjoys all the rights given to emotional support animals.
Here are the types of animals that can be your emotional support animals can be:
Like other animals, squirrels can be an emotional support animal as well. Squirrels are little furry animals that can be a cause of your stable mental illness.
Just like other ESAs, squirrels can provide many mental as well as physical health benefits.
Any animal can be your emotional support but the only problem is that not every animal can be controlled. It is very important to have control over your ESA. Especially when you are in a public place or even at a house, your ESA should know how to behave.
Having a squirrel can have some drawbacks as well.
Squirrels are animals that cannot survive in confined and closed places. Unlike cats and dogs, who can be restricted to houses, squirrels cannot be just kept in the house.
American with Disabilities Act protects the right of many emotional support animals. The federal law states that no mentally and emotionally disabled person should be discriminated against and has all the rights like a living, traveling, and working, should be given.
People who own ESAs enjoy several rights given by the law. According to the Americans Disabilities Act, people with disabilities can be lived like other normal people. They have a right to own a pet as their emotional support and can keep them in their houses, bring them to workplaces, and air travel with them
Air carrier Access act protects laws of air traveling with your Emotional Support Animal. But the law has some restrictions. The law only allows a few pets to fly with you. Conditions applied, only dogs, cats, and some other animals are allowed.
Squirrels and other animals that are a threat to other passengers are not allowed on the plane.
On 10th October 2018, a woman from Orlando took a flight to Cleveland and carried her emotional support animal with her. The women bought a squirrel on board and the flight attendants could not regret less.
The woman took a Frontier Airlines flight 1621 from Orlando to Cleveland and attempted to fly with her squirrel.
The Frontier flights when asked the women to get off, who took a squirrel on the plane, resisted. According to the airlines, the women did mention of bringing her emotional support animal before but she did not specify what animal it is.
The flight was disturbed of the Cleveland because a woman refused to get off the plane and give her emotional support squirrel to the authorities. Police were called on her refusal by the airline.
Passengers had to deplane because of the panic mode by a flying squirrel. The incident created a hype amongst all media platforms and a video on twitter got viral with the post that said: “I just want everyone to know that all passengers had to deplane my flight to Cleveland because a woman brought a squirrel on the plane”
Bringing an emotional support animal with you to places is your right but this right comes with some mandatory conditions to follow. This is for the safety of you, your animal, and for the people around you.
If acted according to law, there are a lot of perks and privileges for you and your ESA. Well behaved animals like cats, dogs, miniature horses, rabbits, and hamsters are allowed to fly with you but rodents including squirrels are a big no.
You can get an ESA letter for your pet from us today and can enjoy your pet’s company on a flight.
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