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Who Qualifies For An Emotional Support Animal?


Nearly every 1 in 5 people suffer from an emotional disability in the United States.
Are you one of those? If that is the case, you can get an emotional support animal for yourself.

Every person can keep a pet, but not everyone can have an emotional support animal. Only a person with a mental disability is eligible to keep an emotional support animal.


To qualify for an emotional support animal (ESA), you need to prove that you suffer from a mental illness. Only a licensed therapist can provide you with a prescription letter to get an emotional support dog. For that you must consult an online free emotional support animal letter sample to clear out your concepts.



The main purpose of emotional support animals is to provide comfort and mental relief to the people who are depressed or going through stress. The federal laws are also made for those people so that their furry friend can boost their energy and lift their spirits.

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, you can qualify for an emotional support animal. Here is a list of mental diseases; a person suffering from any of them can have an ESA.

โ— Depression
โ— Anxiety
โ— Stress
โ— Bipolar Disorder
โ— Panic Attacks
โ— Fear and Phobias
โ— Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
โ— Attention Deficit Disorder
โ— Separation anxiety
โ— Attention Deficit Disorder
โ— Postpartum Depression
โ— Social Anxiety Disorder
โ— Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
โ— Any other Psychiatric condition

Only a person suffering from any of the above conditions can qualify for an ESA letter.

Laws For The ESA Owners

The sole purpose of an emotional support dog is to provide companionship to their owners. This is where you can see the difference between a pet and an emotional support animal.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the ESA owner from any discrimination in getting accommodation or in traveling. The laws are made for the ESA owners so that they can enjoy the companionship of their fuzzy friends.



Accommodation

According to the Fair Housing Act, no landlord can discriminate against a person with an emotional support animal. A landlord is supposed to provide accommodation to a person with an ESA even if there is a no pet policy.


A no pet policy does not apply to emotional support animals since they are not considered pets. Similarly, a landlord cannot ask for any additional fees for the ESA.

It is difficult to find a pet housing facility, but the Americans with Disabilities act allows the ESA owners to live with their ESA dogs in their apartments. Providing mental relief is the sole purpose of keeping an ESA.

Traveling

When it comes to traveling in a plane, no airline can deny ESA owner access to travel. According to the Air Carrier Access Act that was passed in 1986, ESA owners have the right to travel in the plane with their ESA. According to the act, your ESA can join you in the cabin.


ESA owners can also travel in public transport along with their dog. They cannot be denied access to travel with their dog even if there is a no pet policy. Also, you cannot make an ESA owner sit in a specific spot because of his emotional support dog.

You will not have to worry about leaving them behind when you go on a vacation. The purpose of keeping an ESA is that they can provide you mental comfort and relief. Whatโ€™s the use if you cannot bring them along?

However, there are a few weird animals that are not allowed on the plane. Imagine taking your snake on your vacation?
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