An Emotional Support Animal is an animal that provides a therapeutic benefit and alleviates one or more symptoms or effects of a mental/psychiatric condition. The ESA assists the individual with feelings of safety, confidence, and comfort for the individual.
Emotional Support Animals play a key role in the daily functioning and happiness of their owners.
Emotional Support Animals are companion pets that provide confidence, comfort & well-being to a person suffering from a mental/psychiatric condition like but not limited to anxiety, depression, or PTSD. Service Animals are specially trained for performing specific tasks for physically disabled people.
The simple answer is NO. You have the sole responsibility for your companion pet’s behavior, health, and cleanliness. There is no specific training that your dog needs to go through to be considered an emotional support dog other than behavioral training, to ensure you have your dog under control always. Your dog needs to be trained to behave properly in public settings.
Emotional Support Animals are protected under Federal Laws such as The Fair Housing Act, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Amendment Act and Air Carrier Access Act of 1986. With the help of your ESA letter you may bypass any NO PET POLICY for Housing and Travel. Some exceptions may apply and law and acts are constantly changing.
Yes, your ESA must be well-behaved. We strongly recommend you contact the airline several days prior to flying to know the specific rules and regulations of the airline and the required paperwork. The airline will offer reasonable accommodations so that you enjoy your ESA’s support on the airplane.
Yes, the Fair Housing Act supports your need for the ESA and the ESA has been prescribed by a Licensed Therapist. The letter also allows you to bypass breed and size restrictions and the landlord may not charge additional fees or pet security deposits. Owners are always responsible for the behavior of their animals, their health or any damages caused by the animal.
At GETYOURPETCERTIFIED.org, our therapists are licensed and insured in their respective states and have met stringent education and licensing requirements. The therapists review each assessment carefully to determine the suitability of an ESA. Each letter will contain the contact information for the therapist and the State License information.