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Under the current statute, the language of which is extraordinarily broad, almost any person can allege that they are “handicapped,” as it covers any condition that affects a major life function (eating, sleeping, moving about, conducting daily activities). That definition encompasses diseases like depression, insomnia, anxiety, obesity–the list is extensive. And for the past decade or so doctors have been “prescribing” pets to sufferers of these diseases, claiming that they are service animals and that the association must therefore allow the pet as an accommodation (or else risk violating the FHAA).
originally posted by: crazyewok
a reply to: baddmove
"Not a dam thing wrong with them that I can see"
Sorry but arsehole attitudes like that piss me off.
Just because you cant see a disability does not mean its not there!
There are plently of chronic conditions you wont see.
I have one and it pisses me off when people assume im healthy cause im not in a wheel chair or dont have limbs missing.
originally posted by: ~Lucidity
How often does this happen?
Once you've seen what pets can do for people with problems, from the mental to the physical, from depression to diabetes and seizures, and once you're seen the services they can and do perform, well, it kind of opens your eyes and your heart. As someone said already, you can't always "see" what's wrong with someone. But the pets can.
Just search "healing power of pets" on Youtube and watch a few videos. Then try to figure out some ways to address the issues you are having.
originally posted by: AreUKiddingMe
a reply to: baddmove
Get over it. Unless you're a doctor you're not qualified to decide if someone needs a companion animal or pet. There are a lot of issues at hand, from PTSD to many many other conditions. If the DOCTOR writes the letter, Your job is to do YOUR job, not his.