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Emotional Support Animal – How to get one! (2018 Update)

Emotional Support Animal


  • Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is for those who suffer from an emotional or mental disability.
  • An ESA can only be prescribed to a patient by a Licensed Mental Health Professional.
  • CertaPet is a legitimate service that connects patients with LMHPs licensed to practice in their states.
  • ESA owners are subject to a number of ‘reasonable accommodations’ as afforded by the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act.
  • An Emotional Support Animal is NOT a Service Animal.
  • There is no such thing as an ‘Emotional Support Animal Certification’. All Certification Services are scams and the certificates worth nothing.
  • You do NOT need to register your ESA with any ‘Emotional Support Animal Registration’ service.
  • Check if you may qualify in as little as 5 minutes. Take CertaPet’s pre-screening test here for free.
An estimate of 61.5 million Americans (or 1 in 4) suffer from a mental or emotional disability.
From post-traumatic stress disorder to depression to over-stressing in situations, what if there was a way to help all of these conditions by only a simple letter and the love of your dog?
Emotional Support Animals are there for you and 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.
Recognized as a reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), here’s what the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a government agency overseeing the FHA, has to say about Emotional Support Animals:
“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.”
People have used emotional support cats, pigs, and even miniature horses as Emotional Support Animals!
Moreover, an Emotional Support Animal isn’t limited to just companion dogs.
See If You Qualify for an Emotional Support Animal Horse as an Emotional Support Animal

Emotional Support Dog Related Laws and Regulations: Step 2

There are two main federal laws applicable to ESAs and their owners, these include the Air Carrier Access Act and the Fair Housing Act.
It is important that anyone considering obtaining an ESA letter be aware of the laws that apply to owners and what they should expect from business owners under the law.

Flying Laws 101: The Air Carrier Access Act

As long as ESA owners provide verified identification for their Emotional Support Animal, airlines cannot refuse transportation or require advance notice before offering service to individuals who are disabled emotionally, mentally, or physically.

Housing Laws 101: The Fair Housing Act

Commonly known as FHA, this law requires apartments and housing communities that ordinarily restrict pets to make “reasonable accommodation” for ESAs.
A landlord cannot deny housing to a verified ESA owner AND cannot charge an advance deposit or fees for ESAs with the exception the ESA owner is neglecting the animal or significant damage is done to the apartment/house.
Unlike most other places, you can get an ESA letter online, ours meets all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act, and other Emotional Support Animal laws.
Oh and is 100% HIPAA compliant.

Conditions that Qualify You for an Emotional Support Animal: Step 3

In order to enjoy the benefits of having an ESA, all you need is an official Emotional Support Animal Letter written by a Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMHP), such as a Psychiatrist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Psychologist.
Typical qualifying conditions are (but not limited to): post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD, anxiety, depression. fear/phobias, panic disorder/panic attacks, mood disorders, personality disorders, seasonal affective disorder, social anxiety disorder, etc.
An ESA Letter from CertaPet provides:
  • Recognition that you are a patient on a case-by-case basis under a licensed mental health professional’s care for mental or emotional disabilities.
  • Verification that you are significantly limited by an individual 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.

Take CertaPet’s 5-Minute Pre-Screening: Step 4

To get your ESA Letter online, all you need to do is take a free 5-minute pre-screening which will determine your eligibility for an ESA dog, ESA cat, or other animal today.
Completely confidential, our brief questionnaire only takes a few minutes to finish.
Find out if you qualify by clicking below:
See If You Qualify for an Emotional Support Animal

Connect with a ESA Knowledgeable Therapist: Step 5

Once you qualify, you will have access to a licensed mental health professional and begin the process of becoming an Emotional Support Animal owner.
We understand time is essential, especially when you have a flight booked or looking to move into a “No Pets Allowed” community. So once you finish the 5-minute pre-screening, it’s smooth sailing from there.

Support Animal Letter within 48 Business Hours: Step 6

After your Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMHP) signs off, you will obtain your ESA Letter within 48 business hours!
This means you don’t have to wait weeks on end to travel or live with your pet.
No line, no wait, and no hassle.

The Top FAQs You Must Know

What is Emotional Support Animal Certification? Do I Need to Get My ESA Certified?

No, you do not need to get your Emotional Support Animal certified. Frankly, it’s not possible.
Like the misconception of registering your ESA into some database online, Emotional Support Animal certification is just a piece of paper with no real use.
To be a real Emotional Support Animal owner, you must have an ESA letter awarded by a therapist after you have taken an assessment of your qualification to own one.
Many sites, as well as people, claim they sell Emotional Support Dog certification but remember all you need is an ESA letter from a LMHP.

Are Emotional Support Animal Registration Sites Legitimate?

We’re often asked if ESA registration sites are real.
The answer is NO.
There is no such thing as an Emotional Support Animal registry.
ESA Registration
To make it clear, the ONLY way for people to qualify for emotional support animals is an ESA Letter from a Licensed Mental Health Professional.
If you see a site claiming to be a “national service animal registry,” “emotional support dog registration,” “official service dog registry,” or a “US service dog registry” they’re handing out false information and only wanting you to pay for a “fake” document.

Emotional Support Dogs: Are they for Sale?

While the idea of buying an Emotional Support Dog all ready to go is appealing, it is not actually possible.
An ESA letter is awarded to a patient with a mental disability, not to an animal.
If the licensed mental health professional believes that the patient’s current pet is providing vital mental support to the patient’s well-being, he/she will likely designate the existing pet as the patient’s emotional support animal.
In case the patient does not have a pet yet, the therapist, psychiatrist, or another doctor will advise him/her to get a pet that can provide much needed mental support, and the newly acquired pet will be designated as an ESA.
If you are in need, rescue shelters and animal adoption centers are always overflowing with supportive furry friends and are a great place to start when thinking about Emotional Support Animals.
An ESA dog letter or Emotional Support Animal prescription will typically include the name of the patient plus details about the animal (name of the animal, breed type, etc).

Are Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals the Same?

To make matters worse, registries often (deliberately, we might add) confuse Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.
While an Emotional Support Animal helps ease the pain of a mental or emotional disability through companionship and affection, a Service Animal (including psychiatric service dogs) is any animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a disabled person.
ESA are NOT service dogs.
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Here’s a quick rundown on what ESAs, Service Animals, & Other Companion Animals Can and Cannot Do:
It’s true.
We don’t advertise as so and is important for you to understand if you are wanting to obtain an ESA letter.

Public Places

A Service Animal may enter private establishments like a grocery store or restaurant (as allowed by the American with Disability Act (ADA)) while an ESA may not.
However, both can live or fly with their pet owner.


As most cat and dog owners know, a Service Animal must be trained.
An ESA does not!
Note: A Service Dog Vest and Emotional Support Dog Vest are not require but are heavily encouraged when traveling or in public places.

Classified as an “Assistance Animal”

Service Animals ✓
  • They can be a Psychiatric Service Animal used for patients who are in need of physical assistance like applying pressure or other specifically trained tasks as well a Service Animal in general who can assist their person with the help they need.
  • Service and Guide Dogs have a lot of public accommodation due to their job to perform specific tasks for their owners such as navigation.
Emotional Support Animals ✓
  • Emotional Support Animals are not Psychiatric Service Dogs but assist as a companion animal for those who suffer from an emotional or mental disability. The human-animal bond grows stronger when your Emotional Support Dog is by your side.
Therapy Dogs ✖
  • Because Therapy Dogs/Therapy Animals are not usually owned by individual owners, they are not technically considered as an assistance animal
  • As a result, Therapy Dog owners are not eligible to receive the reasonable accommodations commonly extended to service dog or emotional support animal owners.
  • They DO provide comfort to retirement homes, nursing schools, hospices, disaster areas and more.
ESA owners are advised to follow the laws, respect their surroundings and absolutely not try to pass off their animal as a ‘Service Animal’.
We hope this helps clear up any confusion around Emotional Support Animals and why you should only use sites, like CertaPet, that connect you with licensed mental health professionals.
Service Dog vs Emotion Support Dog
If you have any questions or are about to use an emotional support dog registration site, please contact us first at (877) 207-0561.

How Do I Ask My Doctor for An Emotional Support Animal Letter?

As more patients with valid ESA needs are becoming aware of the regulations and their benefits, it is very likely that a mental health counselor is already aware of the needs and assistance of an emotional support animal and will happily issue an ESA letter for any patient that qualifies for one.
So if you are significantly limited by a disability and believe that an emotional support dog or any other sort of ESA will help with your mental well-being, feel free to confidently approach your doctor requesting to write a letter for you.
If you are not seeing a doctor or a licensed mental health professional, CertaPet is always here for you.
Let us get you connected with a LMHP today, and you could receive your ESA letter in as little as 48 business hours!

Do the ESA-Related Laws Apply for Universities/Dorms? Can I Have My Emotional Support Animal with Me on Campus?

Universities are included in the Fair Housing Act so they are required to accommodate any student who owns an Emotional Support Cat or Dog or any other animal. And of course, the ESA letter to go with them.

If you are need of an ESA letter for college, click this link to get started!

Any Questions?

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Email us at [email protected],
call us at (877) 207-0561,
or chat with us below.

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177 Comments on "Emotional Support Animal – How to get one! (2018 Update)"

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Maisie E Eckley

Hello, I am a high school student doing a research paper on animal-assisted therapy. This topic got my eye because I heard of therapy animals for people with autism. My older brother is turning 20 this year and I want to find out if he can get one of these animals, preferably a cat or kitten.

Elizabeth Morgan

Do you have any tips on what to do to apply for a “no pets” housing once you have a certapet ESA letter from a licensed psychologist?


Good morning everyone, I went to a restaurant with my ESA a few days ago and the waitress asked me if he was a service Animal. I responded yes, she then asked me to see my pets license, which I had no clue what she was talking about. I then showed her the letter my psychologist provided me. My questions are, what type of license was she talking about? and did I have to show her my letter?

Amanda Estepp

Your letter from the psychologist was for an ESA (emotional support animal) NOT a psychiatric SERVICE dog. An esa has special rights for flying in aircrafts and staying in housing that normally does not allow pets. Only a service animal thats is trained to provide a physical service to an individual with disability or disabilities has rights afforded under the Individuals With Disabilities Act, allowing the animals into public areas with their handlers where they would not otherwise be allowed.


They can not ask you for ID
At least that’s what I was told
I did register my Yorkie and received what looks like a license with her photo and her name and my name as the handler
However I’ve been told it’s not legal for mayors to ask you why you have one


I work at a school with children with developmental disabilities and was wanting to get an emotional support animal for them. How do I go about that


Where IS YOUR PRICING???? We already have a letter from our daughter’s therapist…can we just go with that????IF so WhAT is your pricing? DO we really need a vest for her very tiny little dog – barely weighs 5 lbs…GOD you make it so difficult to understand what it costs…she does NOT need to fill out your questionnaire…talk about adding anxiety to an already stressed out individual…

CertaPet Staff

Hi Simone. If you already have a letter from a therapist, you do not need to do anything else.
You also do not need a vest.
Show the letter to your landlord and he should allow your ESA into your apartment.


You are an idiot, Simone. Read before demanding that someone answer your stupid question — the answer to which has already been made painfully clear.


Looking for a therapeutic support dog what do you seggest? There is a lot of high anxiety and ADHD/ ODD child. How can I get one?


Is there any financial help available for the purchase of a support dog


We currently have our finance team working on way to potentially provide assistance with financing, but is not yet finalized. Please come back and we will have the site updated to reflect any changes in policy as they become available.

Lisa Thornton

After I get my letter from my Dr. What do I do?


When it says you need a note from a mental health counselor does my primary physician count?

Kris Davis

How much is the cost for the LMHP

Kris Davis

What is the cost through you for the LMHP?

Regina Arthur

I have a letter from my dr. All I need is the emotional support tag for my dog. How do I get this?

Olga gonzalez

Hi my name is Olga. González, I have a license for my dog as a Emotional Support Dog but I don’t have a letter from my Doctor, can I travel with her?


is the website “” legit? I’m about to get my doctors note and having a hard time deciphering which websites are scams and out to take your money and which aren’t. if thats’s not the registry that I should use then which is? thanks

Laurie Allen
I have won a trip of a lifetime. 4 days in FL, 2 day cruise on Royal Sea’s- top floor, window, stateroom to Grand Bahama’s, 7 days, private/water side room resort. If I can’t take my 2 old beagles then I won’t go. We have not been apart since 2005 for more than a few hours. At that, they cry at the window till I get back. Even with my adult children there. I don’t know where to begin to find out if they can go (ESA letter will be approved) and if they will be separated from me at… Read more »

Emotional Support Animals are for HUMANS. Humans are NOT emotional support for pets


You guys have helped me so much! I am so thankful to the staff and team.

Hi there. I am in an apartment where i do have one emotional support pet already for my son . I would like to make my othet pet a service pet seeing as he has been great making me or my children aware of a seizure coming and is really good when i have one. Its crazy how she just knew what to do . Anyways in the meantime until i can afford to do that since she is there for me with my depression and anxiety , especially less anxiety not worrying if im going to be walking down… Read more »

Hi Gidget,
You can have one too if the animal provides specific benefit to you (as it sounds your dog does). HUD’s current interpretation of the laws does not specifically mention a weight limit.

You do realize what your poor pet will have to go through to even go there ? They are not allowed to just go there without being quarantined first. If all shots or whatever are not done by a specific time which happened to one out of two dogs then they are stuck in a cage scared to death for 6 weeks. And regardless if it is an emotional support animal or not you so need to realize that base rules ie. Military rules may be different and going to hawaii in itself you need to check there breed laws… Read more »

I just got out of the military and suffer from severe depression have it documented and everything. My problem is that my husband is getting stationed in Hawaii and we have a Pitbull who is basically not allowed in any housing she’s the sweetest and I refuse to get rid of her because of housing issues. So I’m wondering if pit bulls are allowed to be emotional support animals? Thank you


Yes, as long as you get a letter from your/a psychiatrist.

nomen nescio
If the point of having her recognized is to get her into no-pets housing, then you need to not just be diagnosed with depression but be considered legally disabled by it. Further, if there is a breed ban on pit bulls in the location you plan to move, you’re wasting your time, because they still can reject the dog. Landlords do have some exemptions, and accepting a banned breed is an “undue burden” that can cause them to lose their insurance. The best policy for persons with disabilities who need an ESA is to choose a non-controversial breed of small… Read more »

Sooo confusing…. per ADA.ORG
There are individuals and organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online. These documents do not convey any rights under the ADA and the Department of Justice does not recognize them as proof that the dog is a service animal.

Hello Candy, Let me try to clear up any confusion. We are not selling service animal certificates or registration documents. There are a number of sites that do that and they often includes names like “National” or “United States” registry in them. There is NO national or federal registry. When we do is pair you up with a Licensed Mental Health Professional that is licensed and legally authorized to provide services in your location. That person will then determine whether or not you qualify for need an Emotional Support Animal (different than a service animal). Please respond if you have… Read more »
I’m actually going to train my puppy to be a certified Therapy Dog. In the meantime, I qualify for her to be an ESD due to numerous medical problems. I can’t even teach anymore as it all started 6 years ago. I’m just trying to get a form I fill out and take to my psychiatrist. I don’t fly a lot, but I do. I own own home and she’s a golden so that’s a non-issue. It’s frustrating to find the correct, legitimate, FREE government -and airline- approved documentation, should I need it. I’ve seen all the fake sites wanting… Read more »
Hello Candy, I responded to one of your another comment you made as well. I do agree there is increasing concern about the amount of fake sites only wanting money. We ARE NOT one of those sites. I’d list them out for you, but last time we published a warning of which sites to avoid we quickly ended up with a cease and desist letter and a threat of a lawsuit. I would say to beware of deals that are too good to be true. Second, I would say to verify the license number of the Licensed Mental Health Professional… Read more »
Linda Whitworth
I suffer from anxiety and depression. My anxiety gets worse when I know I have to leave the house. We have and older dog, a Boston Terrier, who’s completely human friendly and very relaxed. He loves to socialize with other animals. I’d like to use him as an emotional support animal, but it’s not really helpful if I can only be assured that I can have him in a flat. I take the bus to get around, so if I can’t bring him anywhere, that wouldn’t really work. I could never get him qualified as a service animal because he’s… Read more »

Hey Linda,
I honestly laughed when I read your dog was “dumb as a post”. I guess they don’t have to be four-legged geniuses to provide us support and love. As for your concerns with transportation… that’s a tough one. The laws for public transportation differ by state and even city. I would call your public transportation office and see what their policy is. Many municipalities will allow Emotional Support Animals. I hope that helps and sorry I don’t have more solid advice.

So I’m 4 months pregnant, I have depression and horrible anxiety. Its gotten worse since I got pregnant I was recently put on depression medicine but when I take it they make my anxiety worse . I cant take the medicine like I’m suppose to. I want to get an animal to help me, so I dont cry when I’m alone. The apartment complex I stay at charges $75 more and that’s money we dont have. I’m confuse on the prosses of being able to get a emotional support animal and on if I would qualify to get the appropriate… Read more »
from another article on this website: “The benefits to FHA laws include the fact that property owners cannot charge an advance deposit or fees for ESAs. ESA owners should note, however, that if significant damage is done, or if it becomes apparent that the animal is being neglected, the property owner might be able to recoup fees later.” So they shouldn’t be able to charge you more just because you have an emotional support animal. I would look more into the laws if I were you, maybe even contact someone with some legal expertise such as a lawyer or… Read more »
ben joe

sounds like you can’t afford to have a dog, what happens when it needs medical attention and you have to take it to the vet? Do you have money for that?

Theresa Disney
Hello, I’m curious. Do you know if your landlord can raise your rent because you get a ESA? I live in California, I’ve been in my home for 2 1/2 years. My lease ran out after 1 year. I have suffered from Depression and anxiety for about 25 years. It took me 14 years to get myself off of the medications I was on. I have a lot of health problems and the side effects from the medication just made me worse. I feel so relaxed with I am laying there hugging my granddaughters dog. She is so sweet. My… Read more »
from another article on this website: “The benefits to FHA laws include the fact that property owners cannot charge an advance deposit or fees for ESAs. ESA owners should note, however, that if significant damage is done, or if it becomes apparent that the animal is being neglected, the property owner might be able to recoup fees later.” So they shouldn’t be able to charge you more just because you have an emotional support animal. I would look more into the laws if I were you, maybe even contact someone with some legal expertise such as a lawyer or… Read more »
I’m not sure how any of this works, I have very high social and generalized anxiety. I can’t go outside to even check the mail without my dog, I am also legally blind and I have absolutely no Independence. I would like to be able to walk around, go to stores and do just about anything by myself. My dog helps me with my emotional issues, I feel safe with her, I can talk to people as long as she’s there but I’ve always assumed I couldn’t take her out to public places. I know service animals are allowed everywhere… Read more »

Hi April,
Unfortunately, this often varies according to state. You would have to search for the specific laws in your state related to Emotional Support Animals. All states are required to abide by the federal laws affecting ESAs: Fair Housing Act and Air Carrier Access Act, but they can have additional laws stating your rights in some cases as well.


I have a dog that gives me a lot of emotional support and I see that you say that other sites or false how do I know that this one is not too because I really don’t have a lot of money to spend for this and I don’t want to be conned


We are 100% legitimate. Feel free to read our reviews with the Better Business Bureau, Shopper Approved or Google 🙂


I have not purchased through this company, but it seems to me to be legit, for what it’s worth. You don’t legally need any type of “registration” to get an emotional support animal. You just need a letter from a licensed mental health professional, which is what this website seems like it provides. This letter is, in essence, a prescription from a therapist or counselor or other licensed mental health professional, stating that you need some type of support animal for your emotional/mental well-being.


Hi my mom is listed disabled and ahe suffers from chronic depression, and anxiety. She is in mental health and see hee primary often. She just came out of a 4 year relationship that messed her up more. Ive offered her landlord a deposite so she can have a pet to help her. He refused so if i get her a ESA letter can she be evicted?


About exemptions: What does “no more than 4 units” mean?


My building has four apartments and landlord has no pet policy. Not sure the exemption fits. Thanks


You’ve never suffered from a “real” mental illness or PTSD have you?! I have both AND I do take care of my dog and any accidents he has (so far none). Please don’t put all ESAs in one box for the fault of a few.


My landlord said she is “exempt” from having to allow ESA’s. Thoughts on this??

It is unlawful for a landlord to refuse to rent or sell to a person simply because of a disability. The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. However, are are some exceptions to the law. The Fair Housing Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members. Unless your housing provider fits into those exceptions, it is unlawful for them to deny you. I hope this answers your question, if you need more information please… Read more »
Ok so I have major anxiety and depression all of the both sided comments is confusing and conflicting for me. I have a doctors note for my dog to be my esa dog she has never had training she just naturally does what I need her to do to help me with the anxiety and depression. One side says that she has to be trained and the other says she doesn’t. She has never destroyed store property or ever had an accident in a store either but that might be do to the fact that I’m terrified to take her… Read more »

If you are on certain medications and apply for a job, YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR PRESCRIPTION with you if or when you have a drug test. So how is it discrimination if you need to have one for your emotional support?

Not true at all. It depends on each State’s Laws, and what industry the job is actually in. If you’re told that there’s drug testing you can ask what the tests for. There’s 3 basic drug tests, but multiple methods to go about completing them (urine, blood, hair, etc). There’s testing that falls within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guidelines (basic), an 8 panel test and a 10 panel test. If it’s the basic test and you’re on seratonin inhibitors/anti-depressants or take HIV meds, then you have nothing to worry about. Medications would only come into… Read more »

Where I left the apartment requires insurance additional. I’ve been told I don’t need it as long as I get documents of my dog being an emotional pet


I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Would having an ESA help me? I have a snake that I hold when I’m stressed.

I would find out what the laws are regarding exotic pets are in your state/city. Here in NYC, Ball Pythons or Constrictors are illegal. However, if you live anywhere else in New York state then they’re allowed (the same as having a ferret). Therefore, they cannot be deemed as Emotional Support Animals in the 5 boroughs. You should check your city and state guidelines first, because if you get caught breaking those laws you’re gonna also need some financial support, too. Those fines ain’t cheap, and get even more costly if you get caught again after that first offense.

All you need is a badge to identify the animal as a service dog.

The reason more “proof” isn’t required is because the last thing a person who NEEDS an emotional support animal should have to deal with is having to go around and defend/explain their disability while trying to go about their day. That’s humiliating, stressful, and unnecessary.

Emotional support animals do not need to perform physical tasks a physical disability would need because they are there for EMOTIONAL services.

Samba G

You need to read the law. Seriously.
Your comments are discriminatory.

I myself have an iguana that is a help, she had a lot of hard work to get her where she is today. I now have no leash on her as I walk my everyday walk . She is very great with people as well. I’m in the middle of getting her certified & my doctor is helping me out as well , no doubt that it will happen for you. We as human need what is best for us to be who we are meant to be . For us , service animals help us meet that criteria of… Read more »
I don’t know where you live, but if you were in NYC then that wouldn’t be accurate advice. It’s illegal to have them here, as is the case in Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit and just about most major cities. Furthermore, most states have the leash law in effect. In New York State, that means if you are in public PERIOD , your pet has to be on a leash no more than 6 feet. The police and even the Department of Sanitation can give you a ticket. And if your dog bites another dog or person, you can forget it. If… Read more »
Toni L

The Americans with Disabilities Act states that no person shall be questioned for the purpose or use of an emotional support or service dog nor have to carry or be asked to display or provide any documentation at various establishments they may visit other than their domicile if they are in a no pet multi family residence.

Louise McClay
My husband and I have two dogs. The one started out as purely emotional support as he was severely depressed because of some medical events he had experienced just prior to obtaining the dog. She is now considered a service dog as she alerts when his medical becomes off balance. For instance his blood sugar dropping or his Post Sepsis Syndrome acting up. If they are outside she will bring him back to the house and inside. If inside she will jump up in my chair, bark, etc to get my attention that something is wrong. Once she has my… Read more »

Louise McClay, I hate to burst your bubble about your doctor declaring your dog a service dog. It’s impossible for him/her to do that. Your dog may be helping out in detecting seizures for your husband but your dog must go through training to legally become a service dog. In addition to that a service dog must pass a public access test. A psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed mental health worker or any medical doctor cannot and are not trained to change the status of an EMA to a service dog.

chrissy chapman
Almost lover 6 APRIL, 2017 AT 10:19 AM For those asking: -Almost any animal can be an emotional support animal (ESA), as long as it provides you with the ability to function better with it, than without it. -Your current pet can be an ESA, if it provides you with emotional support. -There is no special training for an ESA, as it simply needs to provide emotional support by being with you. However, it does need to be potty trained, non-aggressive, non-disruptive (no noises or behaviors that disturb others), & under your control at all times. In other words, an… Read more »
Sharon Farr
I am an animal lover, but I see too many people taking advantage of stores and restaurants accepting emotional support pets. Technically, an emotional support dog should be on a leash at all times, not in a bag or a purse (as I have seen numerous times). Also, since it is to be prescribed by a physician, then shouldn’t the people that claim they are in possession of emotional support dogs or pets carry their prescription with them at all times? They should because it is prescribed and just like people that are taking prescribed medications have to keep their… Read more »
David W. McDaniel
They are not “prescribed” like a pill by a doctor, and, while I am sure there are those that do take advantage of the law I am also certain it is relatively few. However, yes, they should be leashed or harnessed. Under the ADA, there are only two questions which may legally be asked: 1. Is the service animal required because of disability? 2. What work or task has it been trained to perform? An Emotional Support Therapy animal may be trained to assist those with Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder or a similar disability to calm down when… Read more »

ESA do not have the same right as a service dog and are breaking the law if its an esa


I agree, something bad is going to happen and it’s going to ruin it for the folks who need it and do the work and it’s work of training the pet for the job!

Mimi Fairweather
Madam, you are a clearly a low information person who does not understand the stress and how difficult it is to live with an emotional or mental disability. It is your perogative to harbor such strong views about something that you do not understand but is absolutely unkind of you to post such opinions on a public forum. You only show how ignorant you are about how important these animals can be to a person who has social, emotional, or mental problems and needs the comfort that a warm loving animal can give them. If you believe that this is… Read more »

WELL said MIMI. Thank you for representing those of us in need of an emotional support dog. I have no tolerance for ignorance.


How long does it take for the therapist to look and confirm at your submission for emotional support dog?


I have a bearded dragon that helps me immensely. Whenever my anxiety gets out of control and my depression spirals out of control, I hold and pet him until I calm down. The different textures help to ground my mind. The only problem is I keep him hidden as reptiles aren’t allowed. My counselor is willing to help me out, but I need to make sure first, is he eligible to be an ESA? And how exactly does the letter need to be written? And where would it need to be sent?

Ashley schwarz

Could you help me further get go the goal of registering my dog as emotional support for myself. I really wouldn’t like to be scammed and I do believe you know what you are talking about.

Almost lover

Cecil, you need to search areas in your city that have those types of birds, unless you can afford to purchase one online.

Almost lover

You need to search your city for service dog trainers who can train the dog to your son’s specific needs. Or, you can obtain a dog and train it yourself.

Almost lover

You’re landlord cannot say an ESA is not allowed, as long as you have your doctor’s recommendation & the dog is licensed through your county.

Almost lover
For those asking: -Almost any animal can be an emotional support animal (ESA), as long as it provides you with the ability to function better with it, than without it. -Your current pet can be an ESA, if it provides you with emotional support. -There is no special training for an ESA, as it simply needs to provide emotional support by being with you. However, it does need to be potty trained, non-aggressive, non-disruptive (no noises or behaviors that disturb others), & under your control at all times. In other words, an animal who won’t bother anyone & can be… Read more »
Almost lover
The people who are thinking “great, now I can have a pet & not pay any fees” aren’t understanding the law. Even ESA are not “pets”. They provide a service & are listed as “medical equipment”, which is how they are excluded from laws regarding pets. It’s wrong & illegal to say your pet is an ESA , simply bcuz you like taking it places with you. As ESA is NEEDED for a mental health issue, & by claiming your animal provides emotional support bcuz you prefer to be together dilutes the validity of those who have serious medical/emotional/psychological issues… Read more »
I take pills for my anxiety, but when I have to have surgery and in the hospital my anxiety goes up, my stomach starts to hurt, and I start shaking, my hands start sweating. And my anxiety don’t make right decisions for health. I find that when I around dogs I’m totally relaxed. Now I’m wondering can have a family protection dog as a service dog for my anxiety. Now understand these dog are easily controlled when completely trained. But will when sameone the eating try harm me will. But It easy to call the dog back. But if I… Read more »

There is a web site that I just looked through and it takes you through a series of questions to see if I am qualified for an ESA. At the end of the questions it requires you to pay a fee for evaluation. The fees vary according to the level of certification you want. Is this legit?