On January 28th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance regarding Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) in housing. In this recent guidance, HUD recognizes the crucial role that Emotional Support Animals can have in the lives of their owners.
Important info about emotional support animals and how to qualify for an ESA letter that actually works for you.
Studies show that Emotional Support Animals can provide a comforting presence to handlers that suffer from a variety of mental health issues. As knowledge regarding the benefits of using ESAs grows, therapists may become more likely to recommend an Emotional Support Animal to patients who suffer from;
AnxietyDepressionPTSDAutismAgoraphobia (fear of being outside of the home)Aerophobia (fear of […]
Common symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
A person diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have deficits in brain development and brain activity, which affect the ability to pay attention, sit still, and have self-control. The three main symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and inability to maintain focus. These can impact […]
Since 2015, ESA Doctors has helped clients interested in qualifying for emotional support animals connect with real licensed mental health professionals. As Emotional Support Animal (ESA) advocates, we find it important to educate our clients and anyone in need about ESA housing rights and how to effectively communicate with your landlord.
We know first-hand that […]
Seattle offers greater privileges for pets and Emotional Support Animals than many other cities in the USA. Within the Emerald City, dogs can ride on city buses, visit several hotels and restaurants, and run free within a few famous off-leash parks. Everyone with an animal companion, including ESA owners who suffer from mental disorders such […]
If you have ever asked this question you are probably uncertain who to turn to for help. You’re interested in an ESA Letter to make your pet your official Emotional Support Animal but find the rules and process to be a bit intimidating and confusing. There are also so many options out there when it […]
What is an Emotional Support Animal?
An Emotional Support Animal, or ESA, is an assistance animal that provides a sense of comfort and safety to those with psychiatric or emotional disabilities. Unlike Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals do not have to be specially trained. ESAs do not need to perform any particular tasks for their […]
Emotional Support Animals are not considered pets. Emotional Support Animals are also not Service Animals. Emotional Support Animals are a specific type of assistance animal that are protected and granted housing access under the Fair Housing Act. This means Emotional Support Animals have the right to live with their owners in no-pet apartments, co-ops, and […]