Assistance animal is a blanket term that covers service animals and emotional support animals. When someone requests that you allow an assistance animal under the Fair Housing Act, it can be either a service animal or an emotional support animal. Under the law, assistance animals do not have to have a certificate or specific training.

Service animals are performing a service, such as a seeing-eye dog or an animal that can detect the onset of an epileptic seizure.

Emotional support animals provide support for someone with a mental disability.

Get clarity about assistance animals in “What Property Managers Need to Know About Assistance Animals” in Texas REALTOR® magazine.