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TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."                                                               - Roger Caras

Q: What is the difference between a therapy dog and an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?

A:  A therapy dog has one handler and is trained to provide comfort to many, both psychologically and physiologically, to all types of individuals not just one person.  An ESA provides emotional support and comfort to their owners.  They do not require special training but do require a letter of certification.

Q:  What are the best kind of animals to be Emotional Support Animals?

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Q: What are the best breeds of dogs to be ESAs?

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Q: Can I have an ESA in my apartment if my landlord has a "no pets allowed policy"?

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Q: Can I bring my ESA to my dorm room in college?

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Q: Do I need to do special training for my ESA?

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Q: My roommate is allergic to dogs.  Is a hypoallergenic dog safe to be around her?

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We are getting you answers from the experts for these questions and more. Please contact us if you have any other questions.

ABOUT US 

Paws for Patrick is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting young people to emotional support animals to support them as they cope with mental health issues.

 

Our vision is to facilitate the acquisition of emotional support animals (ESA) for young people coping with mental health issues, by providing and sourcing the animals, as well as training and education, and securing letters of certification for ESAs. 

 

In addition, we provide opportunities for young people to interact with therapy dogs in group settings.

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