EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS (ESA): HELPING HEROES
ABOUT THE ESA PROGRAM
Paws From Afar is a proud supporter of our military and first-line responders including police, firefighters, physicians, nurses and EMTs. Thanks to a generous sponsorship, we have been able to rescue and train dogs from shelters that would otherwise have been euthanized. These dogs will be provided to approved applicants at no cost.
WHAT IS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL (DOG)?
We want to make clear that these are Emotional Support Animals (ESA), not Service Dogs. According to the AKC “Although all dogs offer an emotional connection with their owner, to legally be considered an emotional support dog, also called an emotional support animal (ESA), the pet needs to be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional to a person with a disabling mental illness..”
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Anyone that has:
Served in the US Armed Forces
Worked in the front lines as a Police Officer, Fire Fighter or EMT
Hospital Physicians or Nurses
None to those. approved
STEPS TO APPLY
Step 1 – Go to www.pawsfromafar.org/adoptables and select the dog you are interested in
Step 2 – Complete standard adoption application – make sure that you indicate that you are applying for the PFA-ESA program
Step 3 – Application will be reviewed by PFA team
Step 4 – If you are moved to the next step, you will be asked to provide additional documentation and information re: your ESA needs.
All dogs will be temperament tested and if deemed necessary, sent to a professional trainer.