Requirements For The Emotional Support Animal

Among other animals dog rank on top of the man’s loyal friend. Many people surviving different psychological problems and emotional issues have a dog as their emotional support animal, for more details see ESA info. They take them in many public places even in restaurants and in flights while traveling. ESA’s provide simply emotional support to those who need. They are important in many medical treatments. According to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), emotional support animal is not considered as service animals because they are not specifically trained like them. These are used often in Animal Assisted.

Who can Keep Emotional Support Dog?

Any individual with some psychological or emotional disability can have emotional support animal and dog can be a best emotional companion. Anyone suffering from any condition of depression, anxiety, panic attack, emotional support dog law protects his or her rights to officially keep an emotional support dog. Therapy sessions are organized to improve the intellectual or psychiatric disabilities of the owner. As mentioned earlier, emotional support animals need no professional training to perform a specific task. Just by having them around provide support to the owner.

Laws for ESA’s Protection

Though the rights of emotional support animal are not same as service dogs under ADA. But their rights are protected under the FHAA (Fair Housing Amendment Act) and ACAA (Air carrier Access Act. If an individual having emotional issues meet the criteria of FHAA and ACCA, then he/she is entitled to the emotional support animal in the housing unit and in the flights. Under the laws of Fair Housing Amendment Act, emotional support animal are allowed in the housing facilities, when even the complex has no policy for pet or have weight/breed biased policies. Landlords are obliged to provide a reasonable accommodation so the ESA’s owners are given an equal opportunity to enjoy and use the housing. Moreover, emotional support animals are also allowed to fly in planes with their owners without any extra charges or fees. If the size of the animal is larger, a reasonable accommodation is provided to them so that ESA can sit with the owners on the plane.

How to Get an Emotional Support Animal?

Mostly a dog or cat is registered for the emotional support animal but there are other animals also for this purpose too. But none of them is required to have particular working abilities to become an ESA. Under the rule of \federal law protection, to keep an emotional support animal, an individual requires the note from the licensed mental health counselor which state that the individual is suffering from the emotional condition and the animal benefits him/her by providing the support.

The following are the conditions to qualify for the ESA letter:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Fear/phobias
  • Panic disorder
  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Stress
  • Separation anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Personality disorder

The difference between a pet and a legitimate ESA is the letter from the licensed mental health therapist. An individual having a pet who act as his/her emotional support animal but in the eyes of law, they are not accepted as an ESA until the person obtain the ESA letter. The letter should be written/typed on the letterhead of the therapist. The letter must have the license number, place, and date of the physician and must be dated and signature by the physician.

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