Are you wondering how to get an Emotional Support Dog or other ESA?
Well, if you’re one of the estimated 61.5 million Americans (one-in-four) who will suffer from a mental or emotional disability this year, AND you have an animal that helps alleviate your symptoms…
You may already have one.
In case you didn’t know, an Emotional Support Animal is a pet that helps alleviate symptoms of a mental or emotional disability through companionship and affection.
Unlike most types of assistance animals, such as service dogs, ESAs are not required to have any kind of specialized training or experience.
Here’s what the Department of Housing and Urban Development has to say:
“The Department’s position has been that animals necessary as a reasonable accommodation do not necessarily need to have specialized training. Some animals perform tasks that require training, and others provide assistance that does not require training.”
Moreover, Emotional Support Animal certification isn’t limited to just companion dogs.
People have used emotional support cats, pigs and even miniature horses as Emotional Support Animals.
Emotional Support Animal Certification
In order to enjoy the benefits of having an ESA, all you need is an official letter written by a licensed mental health professional, such as a Psychiatrist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Psychologist.
So long as you pass our screening, based on questions from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), you can get a prescription for an Emotional Support Animal.
An ESA Letter from CertaPet provides:
- Recognition that you are a patient under a licensed mental health professional’s care for a mental or emotional disability.
- Verification that you are significantly limited by a disability, such as depression or a similar condition, affecting your mental well-being.
- Prescription for an emotional support dog (also known as a companion dog), or other support animal, as a necessary reinforcement for your mental health.
To get your ESA Letter online, all you need to do is take a free 5-minute screening which will determine your eligibility.
The brief questionnaire is completely confidential and only takes a few minutes to complete.
Find out if you qualify by clicking below: