Emotional Support Animal
According to the National Service Animal Registry website, an emotional support animal (ESA) is:
“…an animal that has been prescribed for a person by his/her licensed therapist (a licensed mental health professional) in a properly formatted letter. This letter should state that the person is determined to be emotionally or psychiatrically disabled and that the presence of the animal is necessary for the disabled person’s mental health.”
Emotional support animals are not trained to perform any specific tasks, or bred for any particular temperament, but nevertheless provide support for their owners through their bond and physical presence.