There’s been a lot of talk lately about Emotional Support Animals, both good and bad. It seems to us that many people don’t really have a grasp on what an ESA is, or does. But they fit right in with our mission of bringing magic into the everyday. This is why we were very excited to be able to partner with Certapet. They will help tell you a little bit more about what ESAs do for their owners. Enjoy this guest post from Certapet about ESAs.
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An emotional support animal is a pet that provides therapeutic benefit to an owner with a qualifying psychological disability. These animals help improve the mental health and well-being of their owners. This can help the owners to cope with the symptoms of their disability. Read on to learn more about what an ESA is. Also whether or not you are a good candidate for one.
What is an ESA?
Emotional support animals are pets to someone with a qualifying and diagnosed mental condition. These can include anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. They give love and provide support to their owners. They do not need any training, unlike service dogs. Their calming presence helps reduce stress and anxiety in their owners. Service dogs, like a seeing-eye dog, go through extensive training and learn to perform specific tasks for their (typically physically) disabled owners.
How to Get an ESA
All you need to legally make a pet an emotional support animal is a letter from a licensed mental health professional. There is no training or certification required. Any type of animal can qualify as an emotional support animal. However, many mental health professionals only recognize the therapeutic benefit of dogs and cats. They usually feel more comfortable writing ESA letters for those types of animals. If you have a pet that helps improve your mental health and you have a diagnosed psychological disorder (or believe you have a disorder but do not have a formal diagnosis), you can take the Certapet 5-Minute Pre-Screening to see if you are eligible to make your pet an ESA. If you are currently in treatment for your disorder, you can talk with your doctor or psychologist about making your pet an emotional support animal.
Benefits of ESAs
There are two primary laws that give emotional support animals additional rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The first is the Fair Housing Act. This act prevents landlords and housing associations from discriminating against a tenant for having an emotional support animal. This is true even if the apartment or housing complex does not allow pets. They cannot charge a pet fee or pet deposit. However you are still responsible for any damages caused by your ESA. The second law is the Air Carrier Access Act. Under this law, ESAs can fly with their owners on planes. The airline cannot charge a pet fee. The ESA does not need to stay in a carrier. It can sit in its owner’s lap or in the space in front of their seat. As you can see, emotional support animals do provide a necessary benefit to people suffering from some conditions.
About the Author
With the primary goal of helping those in need of an Emotional Support Animal, Certapet strongly believes that having an ESA is beneficial, valuable, and can foster an overall positive change in a person’s mental health. From depression to PTSD to anxiety and more, Emotional Support Animals assist their owners in managing their mental or emotional condition. They can potentially reduce the symptoms these individuals experience. CertaPet connects individuals who have a disabling condition or mental health diagnosis with a licensed mental health professional who provides an evaluation and treatment for the individual through a secure online platform.