CertaPet’s Feature in The Guardian: The Vast World & Controversy of ESAs

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By: Kathryn Anderson Updated: April 6, 2021

Recently, CertaPet’s own Clinical Manager, Prairie Conlon, was interviewed by one of the U.K.’s biggest news outlets – The Guardian.

Covering the delicate topic of Emotional Support Animals and the growing number of them in the U.S., Prairie, along with various ESA owners around the country, gave insight as to what it means to have an assistance animal.

The Guardian reached out specifically to CertaPet in order to understand Emotional Support Animals from a wider perspective and not just as an owner of one. Looking for experts in the field, this short documentary crew got one of the best – Prairie Conlon, a licensed mental health professional who has spent years treating patients in addition to being an avid animal advocator.

Breaking down mental health stigmas and showing the important presence an ESA can have, ‘Creature comforts: has the US’s emotional support animal epidemic gone too far?’ dives into the vast world and controversy of Emotional Support Animals.

*We would also like to mention that we do not certify anything but cats and dogs and the occasional rabbit. We understand that other animals may have therapeutic value and we do not discredit that at all, but it is our policy to only recognize dogs, cats, and rabbits due to zoning restrictions, health concerns and regulations, and public safety.

**Please note, as of January 11, 2021, under new regulations passed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the allowance of Emotional Support Animals onboard flights may vary from airline to airline. Please contact your airline of choice for their most up-to-date policies on Emotional Support Animals.


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