ESA Weekly News Report August 28th: Massachusetts School Welcomes ESAs and More!

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Week after week, we bring you the most relevant emotional support animal news. Today, we’re bringing you three stories. The first is about a school welcoming ESAs to help faculty members and students. The second is about a tightening of campus regulations concerning ESAs. The last piece is an update on a previous story we ran about an emotional support pig!

Scituate, Massachusetts, Welcomes ESAs This Back-to-School Season

The board of Scituate Public Schools approved a bill to allow emotional support animals on its premises. According to the members of the committee, students and staff will benefit from this decision. This will help those with mental health problems live their everyday lives comfortably, says the committee.

Only staff will be allowed to bring their ESAs to work. However, the animals will not be kept away from students. There will be supervised interactions in all public schools of Scituate. At this point, only emotional support dogs have been considered for this program.

There had been an ESA at Scituate High School previously. The impact it had on the students was very beneficial, according to the superintendent in charge. Now that the program will be extended to schools with pupils of all ages, it’s expected to have a positive influence on younger pupils as well.

young boys doing homework with emotional support dog

Source: https://scituate.wickedlocal.com/news/20190823/policy-approved-for-emotional-support-animals-in-scituate-schools

Colorado State University Hands Out ESA Regulations for Counselors

Counselors at Colorado State University Health Network received new orders regarding emotional support animals. The board encourages them not to write ESA letters unless they have experience handling human-animal therapy.

Students who want to get an ESA for their emotional or mental disability will have a harder time doing so using CSU’s resources. Not all counselors have training in the human-animal bond and its therapeutic benefits as part of a treatment plan.

Now, these students will need the help of a licensed mental health professional (LMHP). The rest of the internal process at the university to live with an ESA in campus housing will be the same. The university maintains its support for the healing abilities of ESAs and recommends them to students who really need them.

college student with dog reading book

Source: https://collegian.com/2019/08/category-news-health-network-changes-services-for-emotional-support-animals/

Amherst Emotional Support Pig Defiantly Stays Put

Back in June, we reported the struggle of a New York family to keep their pot-bellied support pig on their property. The Amherst Housing Court ruled that Pork Chop had to leave the family home. This was due to an infraction of the Amherst Zoning Code banning livestock from living within town limits.

The latest reports coming from the New York town tell us Pork Chop still lives there. Contrary to what the family claimed in April, they have not rehoused their emotional support companion.

It is still uncertain whether the town will evict the pig as per the housing court ruling. For now, Pork Chop and his adoptive family stand defiant of the zoning code and fight to overturn the court’s decision.

two adorable piglets playing in mud

Source: https://buffalonews.com/2019/08/26/this-not-so-little-piggy-stayed-home-in-amherst-thats-still-a-code-violation/

CertaPet’s Thoughts on This Week’s News

We are thrilled to see the Scituate public schools embracing emotional support animals. Not only will they help staff with disabilities but they will also bring joy to the students. It’s a great decision we hope more school districts make.

We are glad to hear that getting an ESA will be harder for students who don’t genuinely need them at Colorado State University! We never support the notion that someone without a diagnosed mental disability should get an ESA!

Instead of waiting months for a much-needed ESA letter, students can start the process here at CertaPet easily. The first step is taking a 5-minute free pre-screening. Then, we’ll connect them with a licensed mental health professional in their state! If they determine the student qualifies for an ESA, they’ll get their ESA letter in no time!

Lastly, we’re curious to see where Pork Chop’s story will head next. Here at CertaPet we only recommend dogs, cats, or the occasional rabbit as ESAs to avoid problems such as this one. Let’s see what happens to this loving pig.

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