I'm not sure how much of this is a new thing vs. just my increased awareness, but I have just randomly stumbled across SEVERAL comments on social media in the past 2-3 months where someone suggest a way to get around rules related to pets (e.g. flying or renting a no-pets apartment) by registering their pet as a service animal, usually, an emotional support animal. Apparently you cannot ban a person with a support animal even in a no-pets rental. I've seen facebook and reddit post where people are complaining about struggling to find pet-friendly housing or coming up with the additional pet deposit. Inevitably someone suggests registering the pet as a support animal to get around that. All of this grinds my gears so bad. I believe the concept of an emotional support animal is valid. People with PTSD can have specially trained dogs that calm them if they get triggered. In my opinion, this legitimate benefit is already tarnished by people who get their Yorkie registered because they're a special snowflake who gets worked up easily. But anxiety outside of PTSD certainly does exist. However, beyond that people are just out right faking it. For me, as someone with sever allergies and asthma, knowing that renting pet-free housing is no guarantee at all that the prior owner didn't have dog is really frustrating (even though I'm not in a rental situation and probably won't be). To me, all of this goes to the selfish, low character society we have become. And it is facilitated by the fact that there are no requirements or official processes to register an animal as a service animal. You can essentially go do it online yourself. No Dr. notes or evaluation of your claimed condition is needed. This site even advertises the most popular reasons why people go through this bullshit process. Emotional Support Animal Letters | ESA Co.