When money gets tight, it’s not just you who’s impacted, but your emotional support animal too. Life happens and you can’t totally avoid these moments. Luckily, there are organizations out there that can help you and your emotional support animal to weather the storm. Caring for your ESA doesn’t have to add stress to your already stressful life – all thanks to pet food banks for emotional support animals.
What Are Pet Food Banks for ESAs?
You’ve probably heard of food pantries that provide food to people in need. Well, pet food banks are the same thing – but for pets! These food banks are often nonprofits operated by organizations in your local area. The people who run them are often volunteers and the pet food is donated or purchased through grants. In many places, pet food banks only have supplies on hand for common animals such as dogs or cats.
The goal of many pet food banks is to assist low-income families with keeping their pets and emotional support animals instead of giving them away because they can no longer afford to feed them. But in order to get food for your ESA at a pet food bank, you’ll need to make sure you qualify.
Different food banks likely have different qualifications, which are normally income-based but may also taking into things such as the size of your family. You’ll also be required to show records for your pet to ensure they’re up to date on all shots and that they have a license (if they’re an animal that can be licensed).
Pet food banks may also have other things available for your ESA such as collars, litter, toys, vouchers to help get them spayed or neutered, and food bowls. The goal of these organizations is to help families going through a rough patch, so make sure to find one in your area to see if you qualify. They’re there to help!
Can I Take My ESA to a Pet Food Bank?
Thankfully, ESAs and pet food banks can often go hand in hand. If you’ve hit a rough patch due to some unforeseen expenses, such as medical bills, then your local pet food bank may be able to help. Their services are open to anyone with a pet who fits their criteria, so make sure to find out if you and your ESA qualify for assistance. Remember, their goal is to help you keep your ESA as a part of your family, something that may not be possible if you’re struggling to provide food and other needed supplies for your ESA. Without your ESA, you may find daily tasks much more difficult to get through, so the pet food bank is really for both of you!
Do I Need an ESA?
Emotional support animals can be very helpful to people for a variety of reasons. Certain conditions can benefit from the support provided by these animals, such as:
- Attention deficit disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Learning disabilities
These are just a few of the conditions, but if you’re really interested in getting an ESA, then talk to your doctor or mental health professionals. They’ll need to provide you with a letter that makes your ESA official in order to provide you with all the benefits for travel and housing. At Moosh, we can help you secure a legal ESA letter too!
Can I Afford an ESA?
If you’ve yet to take the ESA plunge, then you may be wondering how expensive emotional support animals are to own and care for. The truth is that while an ESA can enrich your life in many ways, they will also need to be taken for regular visits to the vet so they’re up to date on all vaccines; they’ll need to be fed; and they may need other things too, depending on the type of ESA you choose.
An ESA can be almost any type of animal, but make sure you choose an animal that you can afford and can fit comfortably in your home. The more exotic you go, the more money you’ll likely need to pay to help care for your ESA the way it should be cared for. More common animals, such as cats and dogs, are easy to keep and are easier to find assistance for if you find yourself in a rough spot financially. Best of all, many homeless animals waiting for a forever home at your local animal shelter would make fantastic ESAs, and they’re more likely to be up to date on all vaccines and spayed or neutered when you get them, too, eliminating one cost you’d usually have to cover.
Deciding to get an ESA is an important decision and not one to be taken lightly. Remember, just as much as an ESA can help you, you need to be able to care for your ESA. There are places out there that can help if you need it – you just have to know where to look!