"My dog allows me to be independent and to do things on my own. She is a true partner in my work and home life."
"When I have had a hard day I spend some time with my cat and feel better."
"Animals make my life better; I like them more than most people."
Having a support animal can be a gateway to independence. Although they are a big responsibility, animals can provide wonderful emotional support during times of change.
Information about service animals.
University of Michigan on federal law: What are Emotional Support Animals vs. Service Dogs?
Guide Dogs for the Blind, self-screening: Am I Ready for a Guide Dog?
Disability Rights Oregon: Service and Assistance Animals in Oregon
Autism Speaks: Resource page about assistance dogs.
ASO Oregon: Listing of assistance dog organizations
Canines for Disabled Kids: Technical and financial support for getting a service dog for children under age 18.
Dogs for Better Lives: Shelter dogs retrained to be hearing, autism and program service dogs in Oregon.
Canine Companions for Independence: Service dogs for deaf and hard of hearing adults and those with physical disabilities.
Assistance Dogs International: Certified service dog training in Oregon.
Service Dog Central.org: Information about service doges collected by people and organizations in the industry.
When considering an emotional support animal, be aware that:
Emotional support animals may be exempt from landlord rules about pet deposits or increased rent unless they damage the property. Read here for information about laws that apply to fair housing, emotional support animals and disabilities. Animals can travel with you without extra cost but you must let the airline know at least 48 hours in advance and there are special conditions for flying with an emotional support animal.