5 Celebs Who Depend on Their Emotional Support Animals

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An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a companion pet that offers support to an owner who has a mental or emotional health condition by reduce their owner’s anxiety and the feelings of alienation.*

#1) Bradley Cooper

The “Silver Linings Playbook” actor can often be found taking his beloved Chow-retriever mix, Charlotte, for a walk. He rescued her during an adoption drive in Santa Monica, California. “I fell in love with her immediately,” he said. He has also been known to bring Charlotte to his movie sets.

#2) Selena Gomez

The singer, who recently opened up about her struggles with anxiety and depression after canceling the remainder of her Revival tour in 2016, has six dogs for comfort and support—most are rescues. She said of Chip, a Corgi mix, “He just wants to be loved. It doesn’t matter who you are.” (Photo source: www.instagram.com/beatacollins)

#3) Miley Cyrus

Miley has had multiple dogs that she can be seen cuddling on Instagram. The star, who has been open about her struggles with depression, adopted a Rough Collie named Emu Coyne after her Alaskan Klee Kai, Floyd, passed away in 2014 and later posted on Instagram including the phrase: “It’s taken some time to be ready for this next step and loving again.” (Photo source: www.instagram.com/mileycyrus/)

#4) Ryan Gosling

Ryan’s late dog George went practically everywhere with him, including TV appearances. Ryan was able to fly with George (thanks to his Emotional Support Animal registration) and often talked about him as a trusted friend: “George is way more interesting than me. I’d much rather talk about him.” (Photo sources: commons.wikimedia.org/;  instagram.com/evamendes)

#5) Britney Spears

The pop princess has five dogs for emotional support, including an adorable Yorkie named Hannah. When she first got the dog, Spears tweeted, “I want you all to meet my new little baby girl Hannah Spears. How cute is she?!?!” and “Hannah” replied from her own twitter account: “Aww thanks mommy—I love you.” (Photo source: Twitter.com/BritneySpears)

 

* Although ESAs are permitted in more public places than companion pets, there are some restrictions that limit their entry into some public areas. Make sure that you research where your ESA is permitted before you travel with them. Only mental health professionals (psychiatrists, clinical social workers, therapists, psychologists, etc.) are permitted to designate your pet as an ESA. For more information on emotional support animal legislation in the United States, visit www.ada.gov.

 

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4 Comments
  1. Where and how did Ryan Gosling register his Emotional Support Dog. I have an Emotional Support Dog, Lucy, and would like to register her but don’t know which companies are scams or legit. I rescued Lucy from the local shelter and now she’s rescuing me.

    1. Hi Ann,

      The letter is all that you need to prove that Lucy is an Emotional Support Animal! For more information, check out: https://www.bphope.com/pets/how-to-turn-your-pet-into-an-emotional-support-animal/

    2. Registrations are ALL scams.

      ESA’s can be in non pet housing and fly but have no other public access under federal law.. local/state laws may grant access but most do not.

      http://www.ada.gov search service dogs

    3. There is no valid certification in the US. Please refer to q.17 answers at the American disabilities act.

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