Improve daily life for those with mental health issues.
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I am a retired disabled combat vet. I suffer from PTSD( post traumtic stress disorder), I also have anger issues and suffer with depression. I have a trained Emotional Support Animals (ESA) who happens to be a rabbit. When I'm in an emotional crisis Harley will come to me to pet her and calm down. This is the way I get through life each day.
According to the online ADA regulation there are only 2 animals that can be service animals. Dogs and miniature horses. Only those 2 can go every where to help the person with a handicap. This is a direct quote from that regulation; "How “Service Animal” Is Defined
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability."
Every physcalogist will tell you animals can calm someone down who is in a mental health crisis.
I have taken my ESA rabbit to dozens of dr appt at the Raymond G Murphy VA in Albuquerque New Mexico. I went to a much over due and needed mental health appointment. In less then 3 minutes of signing in and sitting down with Harley, I was escorted out by VA cops. I was denied mental help because of my rabbit.
This needs to change, why can' a rabbit or any animal that helps someone with mental health issues be a service animal. Harley does not go to the bathroom in business, she knows stay. She is trained. So if an animal that does just what the ADA described above then why can't we use them.
I want to change this for everyone who needs an ESA animal to get threw a day. I would not ask someone with no legs in a wheel chair to do without a service animal. Why would you ask som to not use there ESA animal in public or in a store.
Please help me to change this. Reach out to your local ADA administration and your congressmen and women to change this.
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