An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to anyone that has a diagnosable psychiatric condition such as anxiety or depression. ESA’s are typically dogs or cats. They do not require special training like service dogs, but are expected to be trained and well-behaved like any ordinary house pet.
To have your dog or cat designated as an ESA, you need a letter from a mental health professional stating that an ESA is needed to help with your psychiatric disability. ESA letters give people with psychiatric diagnoses specific legal rights protected by federal laws. This includes the right to bring your ESA on domestic airplane travel and the right to have your ESA in your home even when there is “a no pet” policy in place.
Many people choose to exercise their federal right to have an ESA serve as their companion - particularly when they need support flying on a plane or moving into a building that restricts animals.
To learn if you are a good fit for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), schedule a consultation.