I’m not a human being, myself, and my friends are animals.
And I don’t want them to feel the way I do.
But there’s a way to be happy, and that is to support animal welfare.
Emotional support animals are also used to provide emotional support to people who have a disability.
“I have had a lot of people tell me that their partner has an emotional support animal.
They feel that they can be more understanding and empathetic, and the support animals give them is a big part of that,” said Tanya Stokes, a psychologist at the University of Newcastle.
“I also know that for some people, they’re very, very attached to the animals that they have as a companion and they can’t live without them.
So when someone is in a situation where they can, for example, have a pet, the animal can help them.”
Stokes said the animal support animals that she works with are often young dogs, cats and rabbits.
It’s not just about the dogs, but also cats and even horses and donkeys, which are more common.
Stoke said some people might feel they have to be careful with the animals because they might be “lucky” or “treatable” and that’s “not necessarily true”.
“The emotional support animals can be incredibly helpful in certain situations, especially when the person has an illness or disability, or when the relationship is at an emotional breaking point,” she said.
If you’re unsure about the welfare of your pet, or don’t know how to handle an emotional situation, Stokes said it’s important to talk to a vet about your animal and what to do if your pet becomes distressed or injured.
Tanya Stoke has a keen interest in animals, having spent her early years as a dog walker and then being trained to be a vet, and she said if there’s something she needs to know about your pet please get in touch.
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