Impact of Emotional Support Animals on College Students
Keeping a pet around for emotional health is a good idea. Still, the real question here is, Can a student bring an emotional support animal to a college campus? Every college authority is well aware of the fact that each pet or, let’s say, an emotional support animal loves their owner unconditionally. Still, their behaviour with everyone else is not the same as with their owner. That is why colleges tend to avoid bringing a pet on campus until or unless it becomes necessary.
Colleges do allow pets on campus, but only for those who genuinely need an assistance animal to help them with their emotional health. For this, they require students to prove their disability, which they can do by submitting a letter from a licensed mental health professional, commonly known as the ESA Letter. This letter is governed by the Fair Housing Act and section 504 of the rehabilitation act, which considers a college campus a dwelling unit. It requires a college to make reasonable accommodation for a student with an emotional support animal.
How can Emotional Support animals help a college student?
Daily tasks can become difficult for you if you have any mental disorder. There are many types of Emotional Support animals, such as cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, etc. These emotional support animals can help you focus on your studies better.
Along with your studies, Emotional Support animals can help you in many ways, some of them mentioned below:
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Overcoming Home Nostalgia:
Fixing your routine:
Sense of responsibility:
Now you must be thinking, how can an emotional support animal help you in this case? When you have to take care of a living organism, this will create a sense of responsibility. You will know that your pet’s survival depends on your survival, and it will generate a sense of duty in you.
When you have an emotional support animal, you will have to care for your pets’ diet. It will naturally motivate you to take care of your diet too. As humans, don’t we prefer to eat in a company? A pet will always be there to accompany you while you will be eating.
About Post Author
Darren M. Jorgensen has a fondness for all animals, though dogs especially, have a huge home in his heart. He enjoys quilting, making handcrafted soap and bodyworks and anything that produces practical products. Jorgensen lives with his own service dog who doubles as an Emotional Support Animal. He gets it.