SVASC Emotional Support Animals – Helping PTSD patients

Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center are promoting Emotional Support Animals, companion animals for patients suffering from a mental or psychological disability, such as PTSD, Panic Disorder, or Social Phobias.

We offer additional information on our Emotional Support Animals page.  Please consider adopting a shelter animal for your ESA.

Moriah and Petrie
Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center staff, Moriah Good getting snuggles from our awesome ESA example, Petrie. FYI, Petrie was adopted right after this article posted. Go Petrie!!

A different kind of treatment: support animals help PTSD victims

LYNDHURST-An animal in the shelter shakes from being abandoned, sad and afraid. A person suffering from anxiety, depression or PTSD could sit in solitude and feel the same way. The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center decided to connect the two with their Emotional Support Animal service.