With the state of the world today and progress in mental health research, the use of service animals has been on the rise. Owners of emotional support dogs often speak about the benefits their pets offer in reducing stress and anxiety, helping them to complete daily tasks much easier. In fact, almost 80 per cent of B.C. residents favour legislation that allows pet guardians the right to keep companion animals, according to a 2008 poll held by the BCSPCA.
These days it is not uncommon to see therapy animals in hospitals, university campuses, and airports. Even with the progress in mental health research and therapy animals, not all service animals are treated the same.
When most people talk about service animals, people often think of seeing-eye dogs or other service dogs for people’s physical limitations. However, there has been a steady increase in people having animals for emotional support.