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Service and Emotional Support Animals

Service Animals

Service animals are permitted on the CSULB campus. Individuals with disabilities who utilize service animals on campus grounds are strongly encouraged to connect with the Bob Murphy Access Center. Students must take responsibility for meeting legal requirements, ensuring that animals are under their control, and adhering to cleanup rules. Service animals may not reside in University Housing without prior notification and registration. Contact Bob Murphy Access Center for more information.

Emotional Support Animals

Emotional Support Animals may be permitted on the CSULB campus on a case-by-case basis. Before bringing a support animal onto campus grounds, the requesting student must submit a request and appropriate supporting documentation. Emotional Support animals may not reside in University Housing without prior notification and registration. Requests for a support animal will be evaluated by the Bob Murphy Access Center office.

Meet Bella a Psychiatric Service Dog

Bella - Psychiatric Service Dog

Bella is a Psychiatric Service Dog. After undergoing extensive training, Bella performs a variety of tasks to assist her handler in everyday life. A few of these tasks include waking up her handler in the morning and bringing her medication, acting as a buffer or shield for the handler in crowded places, and always alerting her handler of an approaching person so that the handler does not become startled. In order to lessen or help alleviate a panic attack due to PTSD, Bella will use her body to apply pressure to her handler's body producing a calming effect. Bella is also trained to provide comfort and affection to her handler.

As you can see from her photo, Bella is not only a hard working service dog but she is also a philanthropist. Bella recently got involved in a fundraiser for breast cancer by allowing guests at the event to donate and then choose an area of her body to temporarily dye pink.