CertaPet Emotional Support Animal benefits

2 Little-Known Benefits of Emotional Support Animals

CertaPet Emotional Support Animal benefits

Emotional Support Animal Benefits

Did you know that a 12,000-year-old human skeleton was found in Israel a few years ago with its hand resting on the skeleton of a 6-month-old wolf pup?

It’s true, the bond between humans and animals goes way back, and our relationships are very powerful.

For instance, studies show that pet owners have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and better mental health, among many other perks, both physical and emotional. Not too surprising, right?

However, what you may not know is that you might qualify for your pet to be an Emotional Support Animal.

That’s right.

Unlike Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals don’t have to undergo any sort of training. In fact, all you have to do to qualify is prove that your pet minimizes the negative symptoms associated with your emotional disability, whether it’s anxiety, depression, stress, etc…  After registering your pet as an ESA, you’ll be able to enjoy the following benefits:


How many times have you heard of friends and/or family members having to give up their pets because of their housing situation? You can protect yourself from this tragic, yet common, scenario by registering your pet as an ESA. Under the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1998, you will qualify for no-pet housing, including housing that limits your pet’s size or breed. Additionally, you can’t be charged a pet fee.

Get ready to say goodbye to pet deposits and pet rent because they will be a thing of the past.


If you’re like the vast majority of people, you might find yourself on a flight from time to time. Unfortunately, airlines have made it very difficult for pet owners to fly with their pets by either charging outrageous pet fees or disallowing pet travel altogether.

Under The Air Carrier Access Act, you will be able to fly with your pet in the cabin with NO fee. That is an additional $90 – $300 (each way) that you will be able to avoid when flying with your fur baby!

The Bottom Line

Most people are unaware of the benefits of having an Emotional Support Animal. Furthermore, they are unaware of just how simple it is to qualify and register. As long as your little one poses no threat to other people or animals, then you are well on you way to having your very own ESA. You can even take a free screening to see if you qualify!

ESA benefits - see if you qualify for an emotional support animal


Comments 24

  1. Lea

    I don’t have a dog yet but I am planning on getting one. Do I need to know the dog breed, weight, age, etc. before the letter is written? Just wondering if I should wait until after I buy a dog.

  2. Diane Dutcher

    It doesn’t seem I can get many advantages. I own my home & rarelybtravel.
    But can I deduct vet expenses / shots and that sort of thing on my income tax. I wouldn’t deduct food,

  3. B. L. Gray

    I often travel on the train. I see that trains and buses aren’t included. Is there any exception on Amtrak? They have a special area for disabled passengers. They don’t take dogs in the luggage area, only small pets in the cabin (under 20 lbs). I don’t know how to even get my dog to my destination other than to drive. I’m 68 and that doesn’t seem wise. I genuinely need, not just want, my dog with me. Would he have to be a trained service dog on the train?

  4. Mike

    My college daughter has asthma. Dogs being one of the trigger. One of her house mates tried to bring in a emotional support,knowing of my daughters medical problem. My daughter ended up at a Doctor’s having a hard time breathing. Who has the legal standing my daughter to breath or the girl with the emotional dog? Does anybody had any thoughts as it is a lot of money to get out of the apartment complex contract and move.

    1. Destiny

      I have asthma and did allergy testing and found our im allergic to dogs . thought it was gonna be a problem. its not. I take clartin for allergies and most other triggers and symbicort as an asthma regulator. my asthma doctor said most people with severe asthma take something anyways. Its helpful for more than dogs. i went from in e.r . multiple times in a month to a few times in a year.

    2. Tifiney Harkins

      Your daughter and her housemate both have equal rights. The only thing I can think of is to limit the dog to the handlers room and not in common areas.

  5. Suzy

    I just picked out a sheltie pup. I had one when I was married thirteen years ago. My md is writing a letter that I will carry with me. I am on disability fir aniexty and depression. The breeder said it will do well in an apartment. Try to read a book about training them to do potty outside.

  6. Donna Clayton

    Years ago I owned a Sheltie, and I have also had a Lab. Additionally, I have always wanted a Golden Retriever. Would any one of these breeds be acceptable in an apartment as well? I recently went thru a divorce and very much want a support dog; however, I generally prefer Lab’s and Golden Retriever’s.

    1. Tifiney Harkins

      any breed can be an esa or a service dog and your landlord can’t charge you a deposit or rent. If the complex isn’t pet-friendly they can’t deny you because of the dog.

  7. Sue Grooms

    The person who told me about this told me she got a voulcher to purchase her dog with but I have seen nothing to suggest this yet! So far the only benefit I see is your letter can helps renters allow them to keep a dog when rules say no dogs. And you can fly with you pet in the cabin with you at no charge. Neither one of these benefits is anything that would apply to me. But the person who told me about this said you also help in helping us purchase one of these dogs! Thats is what I am interested in and any future help with vet bills. Do you help with that?

    1. Tifiney Harkins

      There are low-income vets. The vulture usually covers the cost of spaying or neutering at an approved vet. I use spay and neuter Los Angles a lot. They have wellness clinics the only thing is hours vary by location.

  8. Sonja Danese Jr.

    I’m in a bad situation and I need to no if I go for housing to the women’s ywca in Schenectady ny will they deny me because of my emotional support dog. Hes a very well behaved miniature Fox terrier

  9. Bob Lowe

    This is amazing! I like the idea that I may be able to qualify my pet to be a ESA. That would be really nice to be able to take my pet places that they wouldn’t normally be able to go. I’m sure they need to be certified, and probably trained as well. How would I go about doing that?

    1. Tifiney Harkins

      ESA don’t have public access rights. The only things an ESA is protected from is flying in the cabin with you and landlords can’t charge a pet deposit or rent for an ESA.

  10. Paul

    does your letter come with an expiration like other companies? Also my apartment complex has a form they want the doctor to fill out, would you be able to fill that out along with my purchase of the product?

    1. Barbara

      Check the laws in your state. In my state, Hippa provides that as long as you have the letter from your health care provider, the landlord can ask nothing else about your “condition”.

  11. amber

    im wandering if this letter will also work for a therapy dog. however my dog is only around for my comfort i already rgistered her but im not sure if i should reregister her as a esa or if the esa letter will work for us.

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