For a person with a disability who needs an emotional support animal to have an equal opportunity to live, travel and attend educational and training programs, the financial cost of maintaining a service animal is substantial. An emotional support animal must be trained, housebroken and well-behaved.
Many people with disabilities who require an emotional support animal do not have the financial means to pay for these expenses out of pocket. The purpose of this article is to inform you about the expenses involved in owning and caring for an emotional support animal, as well as some alternatives that may reduce these expenses.
Are There Any Emotional Support Animal’s Policy at Hotels?
Some hotels may have specific rules about pets and their owners. For example, some hotels may not allow pets in certain rooms or even in public areas of the hotel. Other hotels may require pet owners to pay a daily fee for their animals when staying at the hotel.
Ask about any fees before making a reservation so that you do not find yourself paying a fee after being denied entry because of your emotional support animal.
Am I eligible for bringing Emotional Support Animals when staying at a Hotel?
If you need an emotional support animal to help you with your disability, you may be entitled to have your emotional support animal with you in a hotel room. You must ask the hotel if it will allow you to bring your emotional support animal. If the hotel allows this, make sure that the animal is allowed in the guest room and not on furniture or in other public areas.
You will also need to let the hotel know that your animal is an emotional support animal so that it can be registered with the government’s Emotional Support Animal Registry. This will allow your pet to accompany you through all airport security checkpoints and into other facilities.
How rough are the fees for staying in a hotel?
When traveling with an emotional support animal, the person must provide for the animal’s needs. This may include boarding and feeding the animal in a kennel or other suitable facility. Many hotels charge a daily fee for each animal that is not allowed to stay in the guest room with the guest.
These fees vary widely depending on the hotel and its size, amenities and location. In order to keep your emotional support animal with you at all times, you will need to find an animal-friendly hotel that allows pets to stay with their owners for free.
Most hotels have posted policies about pets, so be sure to check these policies before you make reservations. Ask about pet fees if any are charged. Some pet-friendly hotels do not allow pets on furniture or in public areas, so be sure to ask if your dog will be allowed on furniture when you make your reservation.