ESA Certification in Kentucky

By Tom •  Updated: 05/15/22 •  3 min read
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ESA Certification in Kentucky

Emotional support animals are becoming more and more popular in the United States. This is because they help people who have anxiety or other disorders, such as depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. Emotional support animals are very important to people with these conditions.

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Many people think that an emotional support animal is just the same as a service animal. The truth is that they are not the same at all. A service animal is trained to perform certain complex tasks, such as guide a blind person, aid a war veteran with PTSD, or help with a disability. An emotional support animal, on the other hand, is just like any other pet, in that they do not require specific training to qualify as one.

Instead, an emotional support animal’s main purpose is simply to provide comfort and companionship to their owner. These animals are not trained to perform specific tasks for their owners, but they can be taught simple tasks that help their owners cope with various issues.

When you are qualified as an owner of an emotional support animal, you may travel with your animal to many places in the state, including areas that are normally off limits to animals or usually charge extra for pets. In order to be approved as an emotional support animal, however, you must follow certain guidelines.

Understanding Emotional Support Animal Certification in Kentucky

One thing to understand is that an emotional support animal can come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be a cat, a dog, a rabbit, or even a pig. Emotional support animals can be many sizes or breeds. The most important thing is that the animal must be healthy and able to be handled by the owner.

For a pet to qualify as an emotional support animal, you must have an ESA letter assigned from a licensed therapist. You must also provide proof of your condition, such as a letter from your doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist. The letter must include the name of the therapist who wrote it and their license number.

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Once you have an ESA letter, you may be able to surpass restrictions when it comes to travel, housing, and other laws. However, make sure your ESA letter is no more than a year old.

In Kentucky, there is a law that requires that public accommodations should allow disabled people entry with their assistance dogs. In Kentucky, this law does not particularly specify what is meant by “assistance dogs.” But it does specify that a disability includes both conditions related to someone’s physical and mental health, as well as their intelligence. So it is possible that the Kentucky law applies equally to dogs that assist their handlers with performing physical tasks, and to dogs that assist with psychiatric tasks.

Unfortunately, there is no provision in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or in the Kentucky law concerning service animals for emotional support animals. In Kentucky, owners are not permitted to allow emotional support animals. Instead, owners are only permitted to allow trained service animals. That means that those laws do not apply to pets either.

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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