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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