An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is more than a pet. The ESA is part of the treatment for individuals suffering from a psychological or mental illness, such as anxiety, depression or PTSD. They provide comfort and support to their handlers in times of need. The most common type of ESA is an Emotional Support Dog, however, any animal can become an individual’s ESA.

Not to confuse with a Service Dog or a Therapy Dog, the Emotional Support Animal is protected by two federal laws and has specific access rights. The following reading list will help you to get started and to understand your rights when becoming an ESA owner.

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Getting an emotional support animal.

How to Get an Emotional Support Animal

Learn how to get an emotional support animal and how to qualify for a legitimate ESA letter.

ESA laws.

Emotional Support Animal Laws You Should Know

A detailed look at the emotional support animal laws protecting ESAs and their handlers.

Find a therapist near you for an ESA letter.

How to Find a Therapist Near Me For an ESA Letter

Find out where and who you can see to get a legitimate ESA Letter in order to qualify for your emotional support animal.

Asking a doctor for an ESA letter.

How to Ask a Doctor For an ESA Letter

Tips on making your doctor aware you’re interested in pursuing an ESA as part of your treatment.

Emotional support dog with certificate.

How to Certify an Emotional Support Dog

Getting a clear idea of what it means to certify an emotional support animal and how to own a legitimate ESA letter.

Registering an emotional support animal.

How to Register My Dog as an Emotional Support Animal?

Know the difference between registration and certification and why registering your ESA is not what you want.

Legitimate ESA letter.

Do You Know if Your ESA Letter is Legit?

Don’t fall into traps and spend money on invalid letters and registrations. Know what to look for to get a true, legit ESA letter.

Emotional support cat.

Emotional Support Cat Registration Guide

Emotional Support Animals aren’t exclusive to dogs. Make your favorite feline your ESA.

How to Fly With Your Dog

A guide for traveling with a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD), Emotional Support Dog (ESA), or pet.

ESA Housing

Your ESA can live with you in no-pets housing. Know all your rights when dealing with landlords and HOA’s.

ESA Housing Letter

A Q&A on the process of acquiring and the required contents of an ESA Letter for housing purposes.

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