About ESAD Int'l (ESADoggy)

ESAD Int'l is a global healthcare technology company with a mission to provide exceptional emotional support animal training, education, and wellness. Everyday through our online platform, we connect clients with doctors and therapists who provide emotional support animal letters of recommendation and offer COVID-related mental health therapy.

We offer access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited medical doctors, Doctor of Nursing Practice, psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), and board licensed professional counselors (LPC).

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Stellar reviews.

Kari S.
Kari S.
17:39 13 Jul 20
I cannot recommend ESA Doggy enough. They were responsive, efficient and made the whole process as easy and comfortable as possible. The therapist I spoke with was very compassionate and helpful. After speaking with her, I felt better prepared to travel and much more relaxed knowing that I would have my dog with me. The letter was extremely helpful at the airport and everything went completely smoothly and effortlessly. Our letter came in handy again with our short-term lease at our new location, saving us a $500 pet deposit fee. For what it saved in stress, anxiety and money, this service was worth every penny and then some!
Zifan K.
Zifan K.
19:41 09 Jul 20
Mayra M.
Mayra M.
01:23 27 Jun 20
I’m very happy with the services provided, my expectations and needs were met in every sense. Chad was great I’m answering my questions! I definitely recommend and will use again if I were to need it.
Aleisha B.
Aleisha B.
18:13 25 Jun 20
Very responsive team and took care of what I needed quickly! Definitely recommend
Brittany M.
Brittany M.
16:29 23 Jun 20
They connected me with a local mental health provider who conducted the "assessment" virtually to ensure the letter is legitimate in my state. Very responsive, quick, and thorough. I completed the screener, ordered, and got my letter all within a week's time. Highly recommend!
Adam D.
Adam D.
15:58 23 Jun 20
Great work and the team is quick to respond and helpful with all questions

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Our founder, Chaz Stevens.

Chaz Stevens is an American entrepreneur, journalist, and constitutional activist focused on First Amendment issues. In 2015, Stevens launched the Gay Pride Festivus Pole Generosity Fund, with donations supporting various LGBT youth organizations. Stevens was twice appointed Commissioner to the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority. Stevens is the Director of People / Chief Dog Lover of ESAD Int'l.. Stevens has appeared on Time, Huffington Post, Fox News, Slate, and MTV.

Locations

ESAD Int'l.
980 N. Federal Highway, #110
Boca Raton, FL USA 33432-2704

Offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto, and across the globe.

Need More Information?

An emotional support animal is a type of assistance animal that is recognized as a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under the federal Fair Housing Act.

Getting qualified for an assistance animal is as simple as 1-2-3.

1: Place an Order.

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2. Complete an Assessment.

After you place an order, you'll complete our proprietary HIPAA-compliant comprehensive online assessment.

3: Engage With an Expert.

Finally, you'll engage in therapeutic care with a local, licensed health care provider via secured video technology

Being Approved.

An emotional support animal is a type of assistance animal that is recognized as a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under the federal Fair Housing Act. An emotional support animal is not a pet. An emotional support animal is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability.

Individuals Seeking an ESA.

  1. Must have a “disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal” that can be verified.
  2. Has a disability that meets the law’s definition as having a “major impact on a life activity,” commonly referred to as a functional limitation.
  3. Usually experiences the effects of the disability through difficulties with sleep, focus and social interaction.
  4. Has an animal (and ESAD Int'l only considers dogs and cats) that relieves the symptoms of the disability and its effect on major life activities.

New HUD Guidelines.

HUD's new rules are an update to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) that sought to equalize the ability of people with disabilities to enjoy housing. Under the law, housing providers had to exempt those with disabilities from “no pet” rules and pet fees. But some of the gaps in the rules have been abused by those simply trying to bypass pet rules and fees. Others who are providing the letters have exploited uneducated consumers To comply, Housing Pro 2020 provides multiple clinical sessions between client and an in-state licensed provider.

Therapeutic Relationship Required.

Documentation submitted in support of an assistance animal request must come from a person who has a “therapeutic relationship” with the resident seeking the accommodation. A therapeutic relationship is “the provision of medical care, program care, or personal care services, in good faith, for and with actual knowledge of, an individual’s disability and that individual's disability-related need for an assistance animal by:

  1. a physician or other medical professional;
  2. a mental health service provider; or
  3. a non-medical service agency or reliable third party who is in a position to know about the individual's disability.”

Because a therapeutic relationship requires that care services be provided, in good faith, for an individual’s disability, documentation submitted on the basis of a single visit to a health care provider solely to obtain a “doctor’s note” will generally not be legally sufficient.

Significant impacts on major life activities.

In summary, a disability can be verified if it has a significant impact on major life activities (sleep, concentration, focus, social interaction). If an animal helps mitigate those symptoms (sleep better, etc.), then an individual can be recommended for an assistance animal.

Examples.

Qualify: John Doe suffers from PTSD which results in high levels of anxiety. His anxiety keeps John awake, so he can’t get enough rest to go about his daily life. John has a very strong emotional bond with his cat, Mr. Mittens. Thankfully, the feline helps relieve his disability by reducing the level of anxiety to the point John can sleep. With his cat, his substantial limitation is alleviated — thus a necessary part of accommodating his disability. Mr. Mittens satisfies the definition of assistance animal because it: “... provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability.” [see FHEO Notice FHEO-2013-01, April 25, 2013] Deny: John Doe is having issues with his landlord. Facing eviction, John turns to ESAD Int'l for assistance. John wants his 120-pound German shepherd approved. Since there's no disability, he was denied.

Emotional support animal letter for travel.

An emotional support animal provides comfort to support a customer’s diagnosed mental or emotional disorder. Emotional support animals need not have specific training for that function. All must be trained to behave appropriately in a public setting. Acceptable ESAD Int'l emotional support animals are limited to dogs and cats. Your animal must behave appropriately in a public environment. If your 10-pound Chihuahua acts like Cujo, running around the airport on attack mode, the "best ESA letter in the world" won't matter. To qualify, an individual must have a health professional verify:

  • A mental health-related disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM IV).
  • A need for the emotional support or psychiatric service animal to remedy the disability’s effects during air travel and activity at your destination

The passenger/client must be currently under the care and treatment of a licensed professional. To comply, Travel Pro 2020 provides a clinical session between client and an in-state licensed provider. Read: ESAD Int'l's service dog fraud policy.

Getting Pre-Qualified.

An emotional support animal is a type of assistance animal that is recognized as a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under the federal Fair Housing Act.

An emotional support animal is not a pet. An emotional support animal is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability.

Individuals Seeking an ESA

  1. Must have a “disability and disability-related need for an assistance animal” that can be verified.
  2. Has a disability that meets the law’s definition as having a “major impact on a life activity,” commonly referred to as a functional limitation.
  3. Usually experiences the effects of the disability through difficulties with sleep, focus and social interaction.
  4. Has an animal (and ESAD Int’l only considers dogs and cats) that relieves the symptoms of the disability and its effect on major life activities.

Learn more about qualifying for an assistance animal.