Do I Qualify for an Emotional Support Dog Letter?
If you have a mental disability – such as depression, anxiety, or other psychological disorder – you may qualify for an emotional support animal. It is well documented that support animals provide a therapeutic benefit to their owners through comfort and companionship.
If you are ready to work with a licened mental health professional to qualify for an ESA letter, start below.
What disorders quality for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?
Disabilities must be specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). To name a few, the following are examples of disorders that could qualify a person for an emotional support animal.
- Learning disabilities: a condition that makes it difficult to attain knowledge or skills that are expected of those at the same age, particularly those who are not associated with a physical handicap.
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): behavioral disorder causes poor concentration, hyperactivity, or impulsivity
- Anxiety Disorders: a condition where it can cause such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life due to crippling worry and fear
- Depression: a condition that is characterized by a prolonged depressed mood and loss of interest in activities that may hinder a normal and fulfilling life
- Intellectual disability: a condition where an individual has limitations in intellectual function and adaptive behavior
- Motor skills disorder: a condition that makes it difficult to process visuospatial information needed to guide motor actions
Does your diagnosis qualify for an Emotional Support Dog or Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?
Emotional support animals have long been known to provide people with disabilities comfort and improved quality of life. Find out if an emotional support animal is right for you.
- You must get a recommendation letter written by a psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist or other licensed mental health professional
Connect with a Licensed Mental Health Professional (linked)
How can you obtain an Emotional Support Dog Letter or commonly referred to as therapy pet certification?
An animal qualifies as emotional support under the Fair Housing Act and Air Carriers Act if a licensed mental health professional recommends an ESA letter. The letter must meet the following parameters:
- The emotional support dog (ESA or ESD) letter must be written on a mental health professional’s letterhead
- The ESA letter should include the mental health professional’s license type, license number, and the state that issued the license
- The ESA letter should include the date that it was issued
- The ESA letter should note the need for the emotional support animal
- The ESA letter can be used to provide information to a landlord or airline
Benefits of emotional support animal certification for your dog
- Unfettered access to apartment housing even if they have a no-pet policy
- Live in the apartment of your dreams, even if they a specific no dog policy
- Waive any dog or pet deposits for any apartment
- Waive any additional monthly pet fees
- Free airline travel for your dog (domestic travel) – fly with the ESA dog in-cabin