Your pet does not have to go through any type of specialized training in order to become your Emotional Support Animal. However, some airlines are trying to impose some restrictions.
All domesticated animals are eligible to qualify for an ESA and the pet can be any age, young or old.

Eligible ESA animals are listed below:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Birds
  • Snakes
  • Hedgehogs
  • Rats
  • Mini pigs
  • Ferrets

But the list is changing and there are more restrictions being imposed, so be sure to check the list.

These animals do not require task-training because it is their very presence that mitigates the symptoms associated with a person’s emotional or psychological disability. Unlike a service dog, the only requirement is that the animal is manageable in public and that it does not create a problem in or around the home setting.

It can be a great benefit to have your own pet be your ESA because the relationship between the two of you has already been established.

Your dog or cat can:

  • It can live with you in your apartment or rental home even if your landlord already has a “no pets” policy in force.
  • And your pet is allowed to travel with you on flights without a fee.