Wyoming is just one of the many states that follow the same law as the ADA when it comes to emotional support animal needs. Emotional support animals are not recognized in many states as needing the same protections as service animals. This means that if you live in Wyoming, you might experience some difficulty when trying to take your emotional support animal into public locations.
Both Wyoming state law and the ADA federal law state that service animals are permitted into any public accommodation. Public accommodations are defined as all public locations except any churches or religious buildings. This also includes any buildings located on properties owned by religious organizations.
Service animals are defined as a dog that has been trained or has been certified to complete a task or service for someone with a physical or mental disability. Mental disabilities can also include someone with depression or anxiety that might require them to have an animal that provides them comfort.
Even though emotional support animals are animals that provide companionship and comfort to individuals, they have not been trained to do so. If your animal is a dog and has gone through the training, then they are considered service animals and not emotional support animals. It is important to know if you have an emotional support animal or service animal so that you know what laws apply to you.
Restrictions on Emotional Support Animals
Since emotional support animals are not service animals, they are not permitted to be allowed into all public accommodations, but this does not mean that a business can not modify this law as they see fit. Some locations that involve food and food preparation can not allow non-service animals into their place of business, but clothing shops, outdoor dining, and other locations that are similar can make an exception for your emotional support animal.
It might be wise to call beforehand to make sure that they will allow you and your emotional support animal on the property. You also might need your registration. Even though it is against the law to ask for a service animal’s proof, this is not the case with emotional support animals.
Protections for Emotional Support Animals
Even though most states do not recognize emotional support animals as having the same rights as service animals, there is one federal law that provides some protections for emotional support animals. Emotional support animals do fall under the definition of assistance animals and therefore are permitted to be allowed in all types of housing.
Housing is considered hotels, motels, and any place that is for rent. They are not legally allowed to ask for any deposit or fee for your stay either. This does not apply to any damages the animal causes to the property. By allowing for individuals to not be restricted by pet policies when it comes to their assistance animals, they are able to not have to worry about affording expensive fees just because they require an emotional support animal for their disability.
Airlines used to be required by the Air Carrier Access Act to allow emotional support animals to fly in the cabin with their owners. However, this act has recently been modified to no longer protect emotional support animals. Now, only service dogs (including psychiatric service dogs) are allowed in the cabins of airplanes, and airlines are permitted to require forms for these animals. Some airlines will allow you to bring pets as carry-ons, but there is a fee and it is ultimately up to their jurisdiction.
Proof will need to be provided before you can enjoy the protection of equal housing. Even though it is illegal for businesses to ask for proof of a service animal before entering a place of business, this is not the cause for housing.
Proof is required so that they can make sure all parties involved are protected. Landlords require proof to make sure that a deposit won’t be needed for a pet that might cause damage to the property.
It is also important to have proof when traveling. Not all states or countries have the same laws when it comes to emotional support animals. By having your pet registered, you can make sure that both of you can have stress free and consequence-free travel. It can make sure that you and your emotional support animal can also experience all the protections allotted to you while traveling as well, such as fair housing.
Why Emotional Support Animals Are Important
Emotional support animals are important to people who might suffer from mental illnesses that require them to need extra comfort and support. Animals can take away stress and relax someone who might be having a difficult time. Situations that can cause stress for these people might be shopping, going to school, and other everyday activities.
By allowing these individuals to have their emotional support animals with them at all times, they can get through their day more easily and live a more normal life. For some people, emotional support animals are important to their day-to-day lives.
Why You Should Register Your Emotional Support Animal With USSA
USSA makings it simple and easy to register your emotional support animal. It is important to have your animals registered in case you are trying to get housing, are traveling, or just need proof for any reason. It might be required of you to provide your proof of your emotional support animal more often than you think.
USSA makes it really simple to receive your registrations. Just answer a few quick questions honestly. They also allow you to get a doctor’s note that might be required when applying for housing that is not pet-friendly. USSA provides a simple location that will help take care of all your registration needs and a place to shop for the accessories your pet might need when working out in the world.