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Old 01-31-2015, 05:49 AM
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I suffer from bipolar disorder and my dogs help calm me. I had really bad break downs and anxiety attacks. I haven't had a lot of those since I got my dogs and when I do feel depressed or angry, my dogs help me cope. I take great comfort in knowing I am not alone and I have unconditional love from my dogs. I do have professional help for my disorder but I may have to move to a rented home. A lot of the places here do not accept pets or they charge a lot more a month (I'm a college student, I can't afford anything too expensive!). Is there anything I can do to be able to have my dogs with me? Without my dogs I am an emotional mess.
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Your dogs could probably qualify as "Emotional Service Animals". Ask FormosanStella about the process of getting one, as she has a dog like that. (She has some other threads on the working dogs board)
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You mentioned that you go to college. It would be worthwhile to check and see if university housing would allow for Emotional Assistance animals. In fact, they may be required to do so. If I remember correctly, I just read an article about students that have successfully sued to get university housing to accept their animals, but at the moment I can't find the article I read, so it could have been with regard to other sorts of assistance/service animals.
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I don't live on campus I live at home with my husband. I will definitely look into emotional service animals
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Emotional support animals are not the same as service dogs. They (you) are entitled to housing accommodation as well as airplane accommodations, but emotional support animals are not entitled to public access rights the way that service dogs are. Service dogs have to be specifically trained to perform tasks that mitigate a disability, emotional support animals just help by being around. To have an emotional support animal, at least as far as the TSA is concerned, you need to have a letter from a certified psychiatrist or psychologist stating that the dog provides emotional support, and the letter must be renewed every 6 months, I think. In my own situation (also bipolar and orthostatic hypotension) both my dogs alert, but I generally do not take them into public places. I can usually manage just fine without them. I do however take my Chin on airplanes as an ESA because I have horrendous flight anxiety and having the dog makes an enormous difference.
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I just want to be able to have them in my home. I know that I can't take them into public places and that's fine with me. The amount of places that do not accept pets here are far greater than those that do. And the prices between the two are substantial. My therapist has said she'd make a letter for my animals.
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Awesome! I am so glad your therapist agrees and is willing to do that for you!
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