Checklist

Nowadays, you can find a wide-array of ESA letters available for sale -- this gets quite confusing, so we put together this before-you-buy checklist as a helpful guide.

You see, our goal is to be the best, and here's how we do that.

Give us a call—

Pick up the phone and give us a call at 800-372-4125. We'd love to chat.

Ask for Chaz Stevens, he's our founder. It's his name that's on this adventure, and he's really proud of what we're doing here.

Read our reviews—

Read our reviews and learn what actual clients are saying about ESADoggy. We are motivated to put our clients in a better place, and we think that shows.

Check our values—

At ESAD, we’re a global-minded, innovative company looking to drive positive change and solve social problems with the use of technology.

We strive to show a strong moral compass. We hold ourselves to a higher standard (ethics, ethos, and Service Dog fraud) and show respect for the world around us.

Your privacy—

Safeguarding your personal information is crucial to us.

We are continually putting a great deal of thought and effort into developing tools and procedures to that safeguard your privacy, such as our HIPAA Notice, Privacy Policy, Cookie Policy, and California Privacy Rights.

Do you qualify—

Wondering if our therapists (probably in your city) will say yes or no? Learn about the federal rules and guidelines they use to qualify an individual for an assistance animal.

Make sure to see if you prequalify for an assistance animal.

Do you still have questions?  Check out our FAQ.

Avoiding scams—

When shopping on the Internet, we understand and share your concerns, so here's a simple rule to help you find legitimate ESA online businesses.

If a website is selling ESA vests, ID cards, certificates, registration, along with "doctor recommended instant letters" just run away.

Learn how to avoid scams.

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about qualifying for an assistance animal.