An emotional support animal (ESA) is a different from a service dog. Unlike a service dog, an emotional support animal does not need specialized training to handle a task. Instead, Emotional Support Animals provide healing to their owner through affection and companionship.
However, they still have special rights. Read on to understand the basics of registering your dog as an Emotional Support Animal.
Even though Emotional Support Dogs are allowed in housing with no-pet policies and you have the right to bring your dog with you when you fly, landlords and airlines will often give you trouble and try to bar your access.Registering your Emotional Support Dog makes your life easier. Any time someone tries to deny you access, you can show them your ESA ID card and certificate. Getting an ESA dog vest also makes it very easy for others to recognize.
To have your dog qualify as an Emotional Support Dog, a licensed mental health professional must determine the animal provides therapeutic value. If you do not have a therapist, you can easily get an ESA prescription letter online.
We offer a phone ESA evaluation with a licensed therapist who can evaluate your need and issue a signed letter acceptable to airlines, apartment buildings, and businesses in general. Then, you can register your emotional support dog to complete the process.
Emotional Support Animals do not have access rights to all public areas, but they are granted specific rights.Under The Fair Housing Act, they have access to all types of housing, even if a landlord has a no-pet policy in place. The Air Carrier Access Act allows them to fly in the cabin of any airplane (there are size limitations, however). It is illegal for anyone to charge you an additional fee for housing or airline access for your ESA Dog. Airlines require the ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional in advance. You can view more about Emotional Support Dog airline policies here.