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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. Relief and support is the whole purpose of an ESA for people with disability, psychological symptoms, or emotional stress. Before getting an ESA certificate, here are some basic facts you need to know.

People are qualified to get an emotional support animals only if you have a verifiable disability and this is stated by law so your physician need to do this for you. The procedure involves have a doctor write a certificate to prove your disability and your need for an emotional support animal for therapeutic care and healing. But, this animals is not treated as a service animals and so it does not need any training whatsoever. Any domesticated animal can become an ESA including rodents, birds, reptiles, cats, and dogs.

While ESA certificate is a matter of choice, getting one requires the verification of a physician. It is possible to fly a plan with your ESA if the ESA is your pet. ESA pets have to be admitted even in no-pet housing communities if you choose to stay there. ESA pets cannot enter stores and restaurants with no-pet policy. In short, your ESA will be treated as your pet. An ESA does not work and does not have any special training so they cannot be considered as a service animal. Whether or not your need an ESA certificate is up to your physician to determine.

If you own an ESA companion, there will be no extra charges if he is your pet, and this is according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. If you are leasing a unit then no initial security deposit must be paid to the landlord; it is only when your pet causes damage to the property that you will be charged after your lease term is over. Having multiple ESAs is possible. Adequate documentation is necessary to support all 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.

You can find companies that can help you in evaluating if you are qualified for ESA evaluation letters, but these services are just meant for assistance. It is only doctors or medical professionals that can actually give you the ESA certificate. If you need help finding your qualification, you can go online where you can fine simple forms for this. If you need detailed rules and regulations you can ask your doctor about it.