What is an Emotional Support Animal?
An emotional support animal (ESA) is a pet that provides companionship to a person who suffers from symptoms of a mental or emotional disability.
Unlike other types of service animals, ESA certification is not limited to only dogs.
Another key difference is that emotional support animals do not require any kind of specialized training. In fact, very little training is required at all, provided that the animal in question is reasonably well behaved by normal standards, such as being fully house-broken and does not have bad habits that would disturb neighbors, such as frequent or lengthy episodes of barking.
Additionally, the animal can not pose a danger to the other tenants or workers.
In order to qualify for an emotional support animal, you need an official letter from a certified mental health professional, such as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist. Learn more about how to get your ESA letter here.
Having an emotional support animal entitles you to protection from housing discrimination and gives you the ability to take your pet with you in the cabin on commercial airlines, free of charge.
Learn more about the benefits of an emotional support animal here.