Yes, you are allowed to have more than one emotional support animal. It is not unusual for someone to need two or more ESAs. You can also have them in any combination — for example, a cat and a dog, two dogs, or a dog and a rabbit.

There are practical limitations. Is there a limit to the number of ESAs you can have? There are some considerations regarding the maximum number of ESAs:

  1. You must be able to safely and comfortably accommodate all of your ESAs within your living space.
  2. Your licensed healthcare professional has to agree that each of your emotional support animals serves a vital purpose for your mental health.

Each animal must be covered. To have multiple ESAs, you will need each emotional support animal covered by an ESA letter. An ESA letter is a signed letter of recommendation from a licensed healthcare professional like a therapist, doctor, or counselor.

An ESA letter is the only way to qualify for an emotional support animal, and it needs to cover each ESA.

ESAs have a special status different from pets. Since emotional support animals have special status as assistance animals under housing laws, they are not considered pets. That means your emotional support animals are exempt from any limitation that your building places on the number of pets a tenant can have. Even if the building allows zero pets, an ESA is exempt.

If you want to have more than one ESA, be sure to talk to your healthcare professional about it in advance. Their ESA letter will need to mention each of your ESAs specifically. Your landlord is entitled to see an ESA letter covering each of your emotional support animals to verify you have a legitimate need for them.

Can I Have More Than One Emotional Support Animal?

Ask your licensed healthcare professional if having more than one ESA is beneficial for your mental health.

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