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Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
An animal does not need to be a Certified Emotional Support Animal. They are not required to undergo specialized training. They can be dogs, cats, exotics, birds. Their primary role is to provide their owners with emotional comfort. Emotional support animals can benefit a disabled individual psychologically. The basic gift of companionship and unconditional affection can be the therapy needed to counter a condition like debilitating depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
ESAs are protected under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). People meeting the proper criteria are entitled to an ESA to assist them with life. The FHAA protects individuals by allowing ESAs to live with them regardless of breed (even with no pet policies). The ACAA protects individuals by allowing ESAs to fly with them in the cabin of an airplane without having to pay additional fees. ESAs are not required to be professionally trained. An owner can train the pet. A landlord of public transport may require a letter of need written by a mental health counselor will be required.
Register Your Dog as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) and Live where you WANT! This Works and is Worth Your Efforts!
Emotional support dogs are dogs that provide comfort and support in forms of affection and companionship for an individual suffering from various mental and emotional conditions. An emotional support dog is not required to perform any specific tasks for a disability like service dogs are. They are meant solely for emotional stability and unconditional love. They can assist with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder/mood disorder, panic attacks, fear/phobias, and other psychological and emotional conditions.
Emotional support dogs are protected under federal law
Under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), an individual who meets the proper criteria is entitled to an emotional support dog to assist them with their life. The FHAA protects individuals by allowing their emotional support dog to live with them (even when there are no pet policies in place). The ACAA protects individuals by allowing the emotional support dog to fly with them in the cabin of an airplane (without having to pay any additional fees). Any dog can be an emotional support dog, and emotional support dogs do not have to be professionally-trained.
Identifying emotional support dogs for the public
Emotional support dogs are often identified by wearing an emotional support dog vest or tag, letting the public know that it is an emotional support dog; otherwise, their handlers will find themselves having to explain that their dog is an emotional support dog. Some businesses, such as airlines, prefer to see an identification card or vest that indicates that the dog is an emotional support dog.
List of Disabilities
An emotional support dog can assist with various kinds of mental and emotional conditions. Here is a list of some mental and emotional conditions individuals may have that may be helped by having an emotional support dog:
- Anxiety Depression Bipolar disorder Mood disorder Fear/phobias Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Suicidal Thoughts/Tendencies Adjustment Disorders Generalized anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder Panic disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder Separation anxiety
- Dissociative Disorders Factitious Disorders Eating Disorders Impulse-Control Disorders
- Mental Disorders Due to a General Medical Condition Neurocognitive Disorders
- Mood Disorders Neurodevelopmental Disorders Personality Disorders Psychotic Disorders
- Sleep Disorders Somatoform Disorders Stress Substance Related Disorders
Studies have shown real health benefits for those living with pets, including:
* lower cholesterol
* lower blood pressure
* lower triglyceride
* reduced stress levels
* reduced feelings of loneliness
* better mental health
* increased activity
* more opportunities for exercise
* more time spent outdoors (for dog owners especially)
* more opportunities for socialization
Do you have a Disability?
The National Institute of Mental Health shows that more than 1 in 4 adults in the United States have some form of mental disorder. If you are suffering from an emotional or psychological condition then you are entitled to an emotional support dog. Consult with your physician for more information.
Living With Your Emotional Support Dog
The Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) gives individuals the right to live with their emotional support dog regardless of any building or residences with a no-pet policy. Building managers or landlords may not refuse your emotional support dog with the proper documentation.
Flying With Your Emotional Support Dog
The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) allows emotional support dogs on airplanes when individuals with emotional support dogs are traveling. A written note from your doctor not more than a year old is required by the airlines that a’s not more than one year old. Also, your emotional support dog must be trained to behave appropriately in a public setting. There is no additional charge to travel with your emotional support dog. You should let your airline know 24 hours before your scheduled departure that you are bringing an emotional support dog onto the plane.
- Charge pet rent or pet deposits for Emotional Support Animals
- Require an Emotional Support Animal to have any specific training
- Inquire about the extent of the disability or ask for detailed medical records for the individual requesting the service or emotional support animal. They may require a letter from a mental health counselor.
- If you’re giving up your beloved pet because you’re moving to a residence that doesn’t allow animals and you want to keep your best friend consider that you “might be suffering” from one of the multiple emotional or psychological conditions listed below.The National Institute of Mental Health states 1 in 4 adults in the US have some form of mental disorder. If you believe you do then you are entitled to an ESA. Research indicates people are happier, healthier, and live longer with a pet. You deserve to keep your friend and this is the way to do it!
Emotional Support Animal (ESA):
Emotional Support Animals belong to people with emotional needs. They provide comfort and support through affection, unconditional love, emotional stability, security, companionship for those suffering from insecurity, anxiety, depression, bipolar or mood disorder, panic attacks, fears, phobias, paranoia, post-traumatic stress syndrome, suicidal thoughts or tendencies, and other psychological or emotional conditions.
Laws protecting ESAs:
ESAs are protected under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). People meeting the proper criteria are entitled to an ESA to assist them with life. The FHAA protects individuals by allowing ESAs to live with them (even with no pet policies). The ACAA protects individuals by allowing ESAs to fly with them in the cabin of an airplane without having to pay additional fees. ESAs are not required to be professionally-trained. Read the important attached US Federal Government Fact Sheet on Service and ESAs.
Identifying ESAs for the public:
ESAs, especially dogs, are often identified by wearing an ESA vest or tag to inform the public so owners also called handlers won’t need to explain their animal is an ESA. Some businesses, such as airlines, prefer to see an ID card or vest to indicate the animal is an ESA.
How to register your dog – Fees are involved but IT’S WORTH IT:
- Have a mental health professional write you a “prescription” for an ESA.
- This site has a complete list of assistance and needs to register your dog as an ESA: www.nsarco.com/ andwww.esaregistration.org
If you have continued trouble or questions please contact: [email protected]