An emotional support animal (ESA) is a dog or a cat that provides emotional support for an individual with a disability. These animals are believed to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as symptoms of depression and are allowed to accompany their owners into public places.
In order to obtain an emotional support animal, one must be diagnosed with a mental disability. The ESA’s owner must also be in compliance with all the laws concerning animals and their owners in the state where they reside.
Benefits of Getting an Emotional Support Animal
In order to qualify for an emotional support animal, the owner must be diagnosed with a mental disability or condition. The individual’s doctor must have a note from the owner that explains their condition and that the animal is required for assistance.
An emotional support animal can also be used to provide physical support, if needed. In addition, the ESA is considered a therapy animal and has no known side effects or dangers. Emotional support animals do not have to be restricted to dogs and cats; other animals are permitted by law.
Do You Need Certification for Your Emotional Support Animal?
The requirements for obtaining an emotional support animal are quite different from those of a service dog. The most important distinction is that emotional support animals are not trained and do not perform specific tasks like guide dogs or hearing dogs.
So, an emotional support animal is a dog, a cat, or another type of animal that provides emotional support for an individual with a disability. They do not need to go through rigorous training to be recognized as one. Similarly, they do not need any certification. The only thing they need is an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional (LMHP).
What to Know About an ESA Letter
An ESA letter is not a license or a certification, but rather it is a letter that gives permission for an individual to have an emotional support animal.
An ESA letter can be written by the person’s doctor, therapist, or another licensed mental health professional. It should also include information about the condition that the animal will help with. It should also state that the individual is under their care and needs to receive treatment from them. The letter should also state that the person cannot leave their home without taking their ESA with them and must remain in close contact with their ESA at all times.
Once this document has been obtained, an individual does not need to go through a registry or any certification process. All they need is to keep the ESA letter on them at any time that they are in public places.
The process of getting an ESA letter is quite easy. In fact, in most cases you can expect it to be done within a day or two. However, one letter is only valid for twelve months at most. This means that the owner must get a new letter every year.