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A Guide to Applying for a Pet ESA Certificate

If you are in the US, you probably have heard of emotional support animals or ESA. There are therapeutics benefit in having an animal qualified as an emotional support animal to accompany a person or a patient. The patient chooses the companion pet but the most common ones that are chosen are either cats or dogs. People with disability, psychological symptoms, or emotional stress are given relief and support by an ESA, and this is its whole purpose. Here are basic facts you need to know about ESA which you should know before getting a certificate.

People are qualified to get an emotional support animals only if you have a verifiable disability and this is stated by law so your physician need to do this for you. Your doctor or medical professional will write a certificate proving or mentioning your disability and your need for an emotional support animal so that you will benefit from its therapeutic care and healing. The animals used as a companion is not really a services animal so no formal training is required. Rodents, birds, reptiles, cats, dogs, and any domesticated animal for that matter can qualify to be an emotional support animal.

While ESA certificate is a matter of choice, getting one requires the verification of a physician. Your ESA which can just be your regular pet can fly with you in an aircraft cabin. If you want to live in a community with a no-pet housing policy, your ESA pet cannot be denied admission in it. This , however, does not apply to public entities such as stores and restaurants. In short, your ESA will be treated as your pet. You should understand that emotional support animals is not the same as a service dog because these animals don’t work and don’t have any special training. Whether or not your need an ESA certificate is up to your physician to determine.

If you own an ESA companion, there will be no extra charges if he is your pet, and this is according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. You are not required to pay an initial security deposit to your landlord but the landlord may charge for any damage to the property at the end of your lease term. Having multiple ESAs is possible. It is important, though, that you can adequate documentation for each of your ESAs. Your doctor will then need or provide detailed information on how the animals can each help you in your disability.

Some companies can serve you in evaluating if you are qualified for ESA evaluation letters but these are only meant for assistance. But, only medical professionals can ultimately give you the certificate on their professional paper. If you go online you can find simple forms that will help find your qualification. Ask your doctor for the detailed rules and regulations.