An ESA is valid for one year, after which it will need to be renewed.
Why Do I Need an ESA Letter?
If you qualify for an ESA, you have certain rights that protect you from unfair discrimination, specifically in regards to housing and travel. An ESA letter is the official documentation that guarantees you these rights and serves as your “proof” that you require an ESA.
For example, an ESA letter is required for air travel with your ESA
, typically allowing you to bring your ESA in the main cabin (at no additional charge) to provide the support you need. The airline will request a copy of your ESA letter in order to verify its validity, and it is recommended that you also bring an extra copy to keep on hand during travel.
Your ESA letter is also extremely useful when searching for housing
because it protects you from discrimination. If you have an ESA letter, a landlord or housing manager must make reasonable accommodation – regardless of a “no pets” policy.
Securing your ESA letter will ensure that you have everything you need to protect your ESA rights and fight back against any unfair treatment.
Can My Dog Become an ESA?
Yes. One of the biggest benefits to the ESA process is that your dog, cat, or another type of pet can often qualify as your emotional support animal. Because there is no specific training or certification
required for an ESA, nearly any animal that provides you with comfort and support can fulfill the role.
Your ESA letter will fulfill all documentation requirements for travel and housing. An ESA letter serves as your “prescription” and is specifically connected to you as the patient, not necessarily a specific animal (though many ESAs include details about a particular ESA if necessary).
When you’re choosing your ESA, keep in mind that there are certain limitations to ESA rights. For example, certain types of ESAs (such as spiders, rodents, and reptiles) are not permitted to travel via airplane. Also, extremely large emotional support animals like horses and llamas can be more easily refused housing accommodation, so it’s important to be aware.
How to Qualify for an Emotional Support Animal
Support Pets makes it easy to qualify for an ESA using our online system, saving you the time and hassle of other ESA options. Our licensed medical practitioners can provide you with a professional ESA letter, guaranteeing your ESA rights and protecting you from unlawful discrimination. In as little as 24-48 hours, Support Pets can deliver your ESA documentation, with a 99 percent acceptance rate for qualifying ESA applicants
Simple take our online qualification quiz to find out if you’re a good ESA candidate, select your preferred ESA letter (housing, travel, or both), and place your order request. You’ll complete a simple doctor’s questionnaire, then one of our licensed medical professionals will review your information and provide a valid ESA letter.
For more information about ESA requirements, regulations, and qualifying conditions browse the Support Pets FAQs Page