INSS Rio de Janeiro has begun allowing emotional support dogs into units across the statedisclosure
In addition to guide dogs that accompany the blind, these animals also play an essential role in treating people with mental disorders – such as anxiety, panic, and depression. The INSS Regional Supervisor in Rio, Cayo Figueiredo, points out the importance of supporting this type of project. “It is imperative that we seek quality care. This guideline for emotional support dogs follows the primary purpose of providing comfort to their teachers, as well as promoting comfort for policyholders or servers within our units,” he says.
Danielle Christo is one of the main names at the forefront of this fight. Owner Rhoda and Prince – whose first companion dog was Lei – developed an anxiety disorder after her mother’s death in 2010, and her animals were instrumental in her treatment. Understanding the importance of a support dog as well as a pet, Danielle was also the right-hand man for former Federal Representative Marina Rocha in creating the ordinance.
“That is the law now, and all institutions should consider an emotional support dog of due importance. A person who has a support dog at his side, suffers from a mental disorder duly recognized by a psychiatrist or psychologist, and approved by rejection of possibility Access and continuity in institutions, in addition to being embarrassing, can exacerbate the situation,” explains Danielle.
Marcela Tabusa, an INSS worker, is also a tutor for her companion dog, the Princess. “After we moved to Rio, I realized that her presence [Princesa] It’s important in all the places I go.”
In early 2022, Marcela began researching this topic, and through Rudá’s Instagram profile, she met Danielle, who reached out to her and helped her start the process of training her dog. Now, the princess is already a part of your everyday life – both indoors and outdoors.
About the implementation of this procedure in INSS, Marcella emphasizes: “No one goes to INSS for leisure or pleasure, and we know that living with animals provides greater luxury and lightness to the environment. Therefore, of great importance is the safety and tranquility that the animal provides to its owner, with the aim of mitigating One of the attitudes that drive people to seek social security services.”
Organizing an emotional support dog
To organize an emotional support dog, the owner must submit documents to the state Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for policies regarding animal protection and care.
From the teacher, the following documents are required: ID and CPF. Medical report confirming the International Code of Diseases (ICD); Phone and e-mail.
For a companion dog, it is necessary: a current photo of the animal; updated vaccination card (multiple and rabies); The image of the jacket is red with the emotional support dog identified; A dressage certificate signed by a dressage school or self-employed professionals, in this case with CPF and RG.
To enter service agencies, dogs must be identified with a specific jacket and carry an authorization card.
“We are keen to support and disseminate laws like this as much as possible because we also need them to work at the national level,” adds Supervisor Cayo Figueiredo.