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.
Find the information you need below
Learn how to get an emotional support animal and how to qualify for a legitimate ESA letter.
A detailed look at the emotional support animal laws protecting ESAs and their handlers.
Find out where and who you can see to get a legitimate ESA Letter in order to qualify for your emotional support animal.
Tips on making your doctor aware you’re interested in pursuing an ESA as part of your treatment.
Getting a clear idea of what it means to certify an emotional support animal and how to own a legitimate ESA letter.
Know the difference between registration and certification and why registering your ESA is not what you want.
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 Animals aren’t exclusive to dogs. Make your favorite feline your ESA.
A guide for traveling with a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD), Emotional Support Dog (ESA), or pet.
Your ESA can live with you in no-pets housing. Know all your rights when dealing with landlords and HOA’s.
A Q&A on the process of acquiring and the required contents of an ESA Letter for housing purposes.