Emotional Support Animals in public places?

by on November 26, 2010

Question by zebra zebra: Emotional Support Animals in public places?
Are Emotional Support Animals allowed to go in public places like service dogs?
If they are allowed in public places, do they need certain certification or the service dog vest worn at all times? Also any websites would be helpful. Thanks in advance. 🙂 (btw the dog would be small, like chihuahua size, if that matters.)

Best answer:

Answer by BCs Do It With Intensity
The extent of an ESA is the ability to keep one in “no pets” housing or to travel with the ESA in the cabin of an aircraft.

ESAs are NOT permitted into “No Dog” areas. Service Dogs are the only ones that are granted public access such as that. You will need to speak with your doctor as well as get in contact with a service dog training facility.

Service dogs are trained to carry out a specific task that enables someone with a *life limiting* disability to carry on as normal as possible. These dogs must be *perfectly* behaved in public.

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1 Theresa 11.26.10 at 12:24 pm

If I am not mistaken if the dog is with you for any medical reason at all then yes you cn take it in public places. If your Dr. has prescribed the pet for you that is.

2 Dutchman 11.26.10 at 1:06 pm

The airlines are getting pretty “up-tight” about flying with an ESA. Far too many people are calling their “lap dogs” an ESA so they don’t have to pay for them or keep them in a carrier. These A-$ $ -holes are going to ruin a good thing for people that really need it.

3 Rayven~Summer Troll Patrol 11.26.10 at 1:18 pm

No ESAs are not allowed to go in public areas. They are not service animals and are not covered by the ADA.

4 BYB's are inbred idiots 11.26.10 at 1:47 pm


Emotional Support Animals are NOT trained service animals.. they do not have the same rights as a service animal

Its basically a pet that your Dr reccommends you have.. you may be allowed to keep the dog in housing that doesnt normally allow pets, and some accomodations may be made for travel/hotels..

but a ESA is not allowed in grocery stores, restraunts, etc… only trained service dogs.

5 jasmine 01.07.11 at 4:37 am

My mother uses an “emotional support dog” as an attention-getting device. She insists she has the right to bring it in to restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores, you name it. This ‘service animal’ nips at people, steals food from other patrons at restaurants, and will pee on the floor if he gets upset. Unfortunately so many business owners are scared of getting sued under the ADA that they feel they can’t kick her and her nasty little dog out. She has actually tried to tell me that she has a right to bring her “service animal” to my house when she visits. Needless to say, we have told her that the ADA does not apply at our house, and our cats have no desire to meet her ‘service animal.’

6 Kenzie 07.13.15 at 10:13 pm

I don’t think so. I’m not really sure, but from what I’ve seen it’s a no.
I’m assuming this means ESAs aren’t allowed in classrooms either? Even if it’s a really small dog that’s quiet and won’t disturb anyone?

7 Sue 07.16.15 at 8:54 am

That is correct. ESA’s are not allowed into any place posted Service Animals only.

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