Emotional Support Animals: Know About Your Pet
An Emotional Support Animal — or ESA for short — is an animal, usually, a dog or cat (most often a dog) whose very presence tends to calm or have therapeutic effects upon its owner in times of stress and difficulty.
Traditionally, an Emotional Support Animal has been trained by a professional trainer to be a support animal, but recently laws have changed allowing many more pets to be deemed an ESA which were not designated as such previously.
Fly With Your Pet
Wouldn’t it be grand if we could all take our pets with us on flights and into our homes? Unfortunately, those people who don’t have a need to be calmed or to experience the therapeutic aspects of pet ownership often don’t realize these benefits for those with a psychiatric history and who need these calming aspects of being with their pet.
New regulations that understand the need to keep one’s Emotional Support Animal near during times of stress are now in place to help those of us who need — not just want, but need — our Emotional Support Animals to legally live with us and to legally travel with us. So if you have a psychiatric history that includes anxiety, PTSD and other similar conditions (it is up to the doctor which conditions apply) you may be eligible to get an ESA letter which allows your ESA Pet to both live and travel with you.
Live With Your Pet
But sometimes the landlord in question doesn’t know that the laws prevent them from barring a person’s ESA pet from living with a tenant. Yet it is illegal for a landlord to tell you you’re ESA pet cannot live with you. So what do you do in this instance? You present your landlord (or prospective landlord) with what is called an Emotional Support Animal Letter. And in that letter a registered psychiatrist will assert that you have a psychiatric need for this “service animal” and that you cannot live without it. A very good letter would also quote the pertinent legislation which states the law in both its original language as well as in plain English terms so that the landlord can easily understand the laws they must follow in this instance.
What about flying? Do you just arrive at the airport with your little Chihuahua with her pink leather and diamond collar and expect the airline attendant to just welcome her aboard? That airline attendant will not be happy. To fly with Fido you’ll have to have yet another ESA Letter done up. Again, you will need the aid of a registered psychiatrist for this letter and they will have to assert that you have a documented disability and that you have a medical reason to fly with little Fido. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
In a perfect world everyone who has an Emotional Support Animal would be able to both keep them in their home as well as able to travel with them. But it is not a perfect world. To fly with your ESA pet and sometimes even to live with them, you have to assert your rights. And what better way to assert your rights than to have an Emotional Support Animal letter drawn up that asserts your ESA pet as your designated Emotional Support Animal travel or living companion.
How to get an ESA Letter online
Now, for the first time, getting your ESA letter is a breeze. Using our easy to understand, easy to follow, pre-qualification test. All you have to do is fill out some basic information on our website, after which one of our medical doctors who is registered to provide ESA letters will call you. The two of you will talk for about 15 minutes about your condition and why you might qualify for an ESA letter, after which the doctor will write you your own ESA letter for you to use to assert your rights in both fair housing and travel. You will get your ESA letter almost instantly in your email inbox! It is that simple. Really. As long as you can follow simple, easy to understand directions, your ESA letter might be only 15 minutes away! Go ahead. Try it now. You’ll be amazed at how easy it really is. So get your ESA letter today and then live and travel with your ESA pet – in comfort and stress-free.
Darren M. Jorgensen
About Post Author
Darren M. Jorgensen has a fondness for all animals, though dogs especially, have a huge home in his heart. He enjoys quilting, making handcrafted soap and bodyworks and anything that produces practical products. Jorgensen lives with his own service dog who doubles as an Emotional Support Animal. He gets it.