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3 Questions to Answer Before Getting an Emotional Support Animal

3 Questions to Answer Before Getting an Emotional Support Animal

Here we give you step by step directions and helpful information on getting your emotional support animal and why it’s important to get an ESA letter.

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What mental disability might you be suffering from?

There are several conditions where an Emotional Support Animal can be beneficial:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Motor Skills Disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias/Fear
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic disorder/Panic attacks
  • Personality Disorders

Get Your ESA Today


Due to the new Department of Transportation (DOT) policy, Emotional Support Animals are NO longer allowed to fly in airplane cabins for free. However, Psychiatric Service Dogs are eligible.

How do you get an Emotional Support Animal Letter?

Attaining an ESA letter is simple.

Complete The Free Online Exam

It’s free to complete the online exam. Find out in a few minutes if you qualify for your Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Certified Letter. The proprietary questionnaire developed allows you to quickly and easily determine if you’re a candidate for an ESA Certification Letter.

Choose To Have a Dr. Review Your File

Once you complete the free online exam you can decide if you would like us to match you with a licensed Dr in your state to further review your file and give his/her final approval and authorization. If you choose to submit your results to a Doctor for the review you will have your ESA Certification Letter sent directly to your email for download. Dr’s are on standby and most reviews are conducted in just a few minutes.

Add Your Pet To The American Service Pets International Directory

If you choose to add your pet’s profile to the American Service Pets International directory, you will be sent a link along with your Certified ESA Letter via email. This link will lead you to a simple website that helps you build a pet profile in the international registry. This profile will give you as well as others the opportunity to verify your pet’s letter and status at any time.

How do I use my ESA Letter?

If you have a qualifying disability you will be protected under the Fair Housing Act. If you have an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional, your landlord CANNOT require that the ESA animal perform a certain task like a service animal. Furthermore, your landlord cannot require a pet deposit or fee for accommodating the emotional support animal, even if they have a no pet policy or require other tenants to pay fees.

ESA or PSA Certification?

The benefits of an Emotional Support Animal certification and a Psychiatric Service Dog certification are drastically different. Fortunately for you, American Service Pets’ network of active board certified doctors can help you find the right path to certification. To find out whether you need an ESA or PSD letter, take our easy, three-step Pet Owner Survey!


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