Do I Qualify for an Emotional Support Dog Letter?
If you have a mental health disability — such as severe depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, 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 licensed mental health professional to qualify for an ESA letter, start by clicking below.
What disorders qualify for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?
The mental or emotional health disability must substantially limit one or more major life activities. A licensed healthcare professional can determine whether you meet these criteria and whether an ESA would help with your condition.
The following are just a few 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 expected, particularly those not associated with a physical handicap.
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) – behavioral disorder causes poor concentration, hyperactivity, or impulsivity.
- Anxiety Disorders – a condition that 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.
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.
- To qualify for an ESA, you must get a recommendation letter written by a psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, social worker, counselor, doctor, nurse, or other licensed mental health professional.
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How can you obtain an Emotional Support Dog Letter?
An individual can qualify for an emotional support animal under the Fair Housing Act if a licensed healthcare professional issues an ESA letter. The letter must meet the following parameters:
- The emotional support animal letter must be written on the 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.
You can use a licensed professional that works remotely online to qualify for an ESA letter. ESA Doctors works with knowledgeable professionals who specialize in assistance animals and are licensed for your state.
Benefits of having an ESA letter for your dog
- Access to all types of housing even if they have a no-pet policy.
- Waiver of any dog fees or pet deposits for any apartment or home.
- Exemption from breed, size, and weight restrictions.