Wild animals as ESA
WHAT IS ACTUALLY AN ESA?
An Emotional Support Animal may be termed as an animal that provides emotional support to the person seeking an ailment of their anxiety, depression, or any other mental issues. Most people prefer a dog or a cat as an ESA, but it is not limited to just these two of them; it is extended towards the other species of the animals as well. When you feel a connection or a relaxation with the company of your pet, you can consider registering them as an emotional support animal.
The guidelines do not impose any specific rules on the breed and species of the animals. If you own a dog and feel that connection that provides you the light of hope which you miss with others, you can consider that as an emotional support pet. Even if you have a monkey as an ESA, it is completely fine, all that matters is your attachment and affection with your Emotional support pet.
Weird Emotional Support Animals.
When we think of petting animals, only a few names come into our minds, but actually, nature has blessed us with ‘n’ numbers of species of animals that could be tamed, what matters is your emotional comfort. But some animals that people generally don’t imagine about petting are like snakes, kangaroos, tarantulas, alphas, peacocks, ducks, squirrels, etc.
Thankfully there are no restrictions on the choices of the ESAs. These animals are allowed for accommodation & for traveling on the plain with their owners as the Fast ESA letter enables you to enjoy the benefits of an ESA letter.
Wild animal as an ESA?
As mentioned earlier, there are no such specifications mentioned about the category of the animals that could be registered as an Emotional Support Animal, until it gives you the relaxation and makes you strong against fighting the mental issues.
The guidelines that are imposed on the animals and their owners by the Govt. are-
- The animal should be well behaved and obedient.
- It should be disciplined and should not be a threat to the co-passengers and neighbors on the plain and accommodation areas, respectively.
- It should fit in the accommodation and plane; if your animal is enormous in size and does not fit into that area, then you are not allowed to keep the animal with you.
If any of the above guidelines did not match, then your Emotional Support Animal letter could be quickly rejected by the landlord and airline authority, respectively.
There is no doubt about the choice of the animal as an emotional support system; still, it is advised to choose carefully. It is better to think practically and go for an animal that matches your requirements. If you opt for a humongous animal, then the issues could be multiple. But who said that you could not opt for the one different from others.
As we all know, exceptions are always there; have you heard the story of Wally..?
GATOReady with Wally…
Joie Henney of Strinestown has an Emotional Support Alligator, which he rescued from a pond with his friend when it was just 14 months old. He didn’t find any place to leave him, so he decided to keep it with himself.
He uses to feed the alligator with the tongs initially but soon started to pick it up and pat its head with love. Soon Wally also started liking it. As Henney was also suffering from depression and was aloof, he decided to register its gator as an ESA. So in 2016, Wally was recorded as the first Emotional Support Animal crocodile to date.
Wally loves roaming around with its owner even before he was registered, the band in his neck and leash in Henney’s hand surprised many people, but now Wally is everyone’s loved one alligator. People are not at all afraid of him; he likes to be kissed and hugged by people. Wally even helps kids suffering from mental issues and acts as ESA for kids too.
When Henney was asked about “why he felt that he could tame an alligator and make it his support system?” He replied that hugging Wally makes him forget about the negatives he had in his life and feels like family.
Emotional Support pet could be any animal until and unless it is not a danger for others, well behaved, and is according to the guidelines.
Darren M. Jorgensen
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.