A Guide to Applying for a Pet ESA Certificate
If you are in the US, you probably have heard of emotional support animals or ESA. If an animal qualifies for an emotional support animal, it acts like a companion to the person and is said to offer therapeutic benefits. Cats or dogs are the favorite choice as companion pets although a person can choose other animals aside from these to be their companion. The whole purpose of an ESA is to give relief and support for people with disability, psychological symptoms or emotional stress. Before getting an ESA certificate, here are some basic facts you need to know.
You can get an emotional support animal if you have to verify your disability as stated by law and so you need to check with your physician to verify this for you. Your doctor or medical professional will write a certificate proving or mentioning your disability and your need for an emotional support animal so that you will benefit from its therapeutic care and healing. The animals used as a companion is not really a services animal so no formal training is required. Any domesticated animal can become an ESA including rodents, birds, reptiles, cats, and dogs.
If a person chooses to have an ESA certificate then it is his/her choice but it should be verified by a physician. If your pet is your ESA then you can choose to fly with your companion in the cabin of a plane. And, your pet cannot be denied admission in a community which has a no-pet housing policy. ESA pets cannot enter stores and restaurants with no-pet policy. In short, your ESA will be treated as your pet. An ESA is not a service animal since they do not work and they do not have any special training. Whether or not your need an ESA certificate is up to your physician to determine.
An ESA companion will not be charged anything extra if you own the animal, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. You are not required to pay an initial security deposit to your landlord but the landlord may charge for any damage to the property at the end of your lease term. You can also have multiple ESAs. It is important, though, that you can adequate documentation for each of your ESAs. To have multiple ESAs, you doctor is required to provide detailed information on how each of these animals will be able to help you with your disability.
If you need assistance to help you evaluate if you are qualified for ESA evaluation letters, there are companies that can help you with it. It is only doctors or medical professionals that can actually give you the ESA certificate. If you go online you can find simple forms that will help find your qualification. Ask your doctor for the detailed rules and regulations.
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