Freshman film major Adrianah Tucker says she has struggled with depression for years, and her pet birds are a source of support that help her through her tough times.
“I have struggled with depression since I was 14,” Tucker said. “My birds help me stay calm and give me something to care for. They help me cope when I’m in a dark place.”
Students living in Wayne State residential halls are not allowed to have pets — with the exception of emotional support animals.
According to WSU policy, an emotional support animal is a companion animal that provides a therapeutic benefit to an individual with a disability.