The percentage of applications for emotional-support animals among pets have gone up 279% from 2011, according to the latest pretty and glittery graph on the internet.
"We have seen an increase in emotional-support animals among pet travelers," reported Hazel, an Airport Official at the Yuma International Airport. "Before 2011, pets were forced to travel alone, shivering and afraid, their owners having abandoned them for comfortable airline seats and an $8 Budweiser."
Experts agree that the well-known animal protests and sit-ins of '13 paralleled the Occupy Movement. The early morning protests of dogs, cats and even horses were led by "Frankie," a feisty and determined Chihuahua.
"We need support too!" he shouted into his miniature Barbie-sized megaphone as his friends circled around him. "We too have emotional issues!"
After thousands signed petitions all over the country, companies have slowly caved in. Pet hotels must now allow their guests accommodations for their emotional-support animals.
When Gracie's owners go on vacation, the tabby from Portland, Oregon must be allowed to bring her support turtle, Spot with her to Pet Haven.
Tiny, a German Shepard from San Francisco, California, loves and needs his emotional support donkey, Ted, and the duo must be allowed to browse the local pet store without question.
Scott Smarkie, the pet store owner says: "We now have to provide large 32-gallon poop bags as well as small ones. It's not cost-effective, but it's the law."