(Closed) Emotional Support Dog

posted 4 years ago in Pets
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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becomingmichelledaylor :  I think the “emotional support” classification has recently undergone major scrutiny. It’s not classified as a service dog under the Americans with disabilities act. 

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Newbee

What’s an emotional support dog? I have never heard of that. I have heard of a seeing-eye dog, but that is all.

Post # 4
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Newbee

In terms of renting, I wouldn’t even mention “emotional support dog”. Just say you have a dog and you wish to have him with you and are only interested in renting places that are dog friendly. I feel like mentioning that your dog is an “emotional support dog” would make landlords/RE look at you weirdly, because I can tell you now this is the first time I have ever heard of that term.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - The Garrison, NY

Bee, I think it’s relatively easy to get your dog (any dog) certified as a service dog. Once he/she is certified, a landlord cannot reject you because you have a dog. However, they can make up any other excuse in the book to reject you. But it is worth a shot! Good luck 😊

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Just look for places that are dog friendly.  If dogs are allowed, then your dog will be allowed, and it’s honestly not your landlord’s business if you bought him as a companion, emotional support or fashion accessory. Do not try to use the “emotional support” classification as leverage to force a non-dog-friendly building into making an exception for you; people with allergies, fears/phobias, or just a general dislike of dogs may have gone out of their way to choose that building and if you haven’t even discussed this with your doctor, you don’t have a legitimate reason to displace or intrude on these other people. If you genuinely need daily emotional assistance, then talk to your doctor.

 

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realtorbeenj :  that’s horrible advice. While there are definitely emotional support animals whose owners would be seriously debilitated without them, encouraging someone to fake it just encourages the same systemic abuse that has caused emotional support animals to have such a bad reputation. People don’t take it seriously when someone says “I require a support animal” because so many people fake it, which means the people who genuinely need this level of assistance face suspicion and discrimination.

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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realtorbeenj :  “But it is worth a shot!” No it is not. Not for decent people at least.

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Based on your updates, it sounds to me like you’re trying to use the title of “emotional support dog” as a way to make it easier for an apartment complex to accept your pit.  That’s not cool.

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Newbee

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becomingmichelledaylor :  do you live in the United States? I am asking because it is ridiculously obscenely easy to have pretty much any animal be considered a comfort animal. In your case it sounds completely Justified and I hope you are able to do this however it has been incredibly abused by people that just want their pet with them at all times.

You can actually print things out online that any airport will not question in the continental United States to have your comfort animal with you. But I think it would be a better idea for you to go to your doctor to get on your way to a more legal version of this.

And to repeat after a few other be you shouldn’t be looking at any place that wouldn’t accept your pit anyways. I know it is hard but there are plenty of places that will allow your dog just have to look a little harder

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