This article and photos are by Jenna Schwarz

“I feel like a lot of people see [having an Emotional Support Animal] as ‘oh they’re just getting a dog for fun’ and let me tell you, I didn’t get her for fun,” said Abbigayle Brown. “Of course having a dog is fun and cute, but honestly, she’s my medicine.”

“I have anxiety, but I also have depression. She gives me purpose to be able to get up in the morning, especially on my hard days because she relies on me. She’s a sweetheart and when I’m having a hard time and feeling super anxious, she’s just there and she knows. I don’t know how to describe what she does but she forces me to pet her and she forces me to do things which are good for me.”