What is an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?

It is a pet that provides therapeutic companionship and affection.  They require only as much training as an ordinary pet requires in order to not be a nuisance or a danger to those around it.  

The two federal laws that grant special rights to some owners of emotional support animals include the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act.

Both of these Acts establishes that modifications to the “no pets” policies must be made in order to permit a person with a disability to keep a pet for emotional support. The owner of the ESA must provide the correct documentation which includes a letter from a licensed mental health professional prescribing the ESA.

In housing that charges supplemental rent or deposits for pets, these fees must be waived in the case of ESA’s. While the ESA’s owner can be charged for any damage done by the animal, they may not require the applicant to pay a separate fee or a security deposit. 

Posted in: Therapy Dogs & Emotional Support Animals

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