Hurricane Florence Preparedness Guide for Pets

When nature calls, and this time it’s Hurricane Florence on the horn, we’re hoping you have an exit plan that includes your whole family (along with your furry friends). Here’s a couple of tips we’ve found useful. If you have to go, what do you do with Fido? Maybe you can stash the pup with your friends, perhaps there’s a …

Lax Standards Allow For Beehive Service Animal

For years, we’ve been complaining about the vast array of scurrilous online vendors peddling bogus emotional support animal products. Case in point, meet David Keller of Prescott Arizona who recently registered a beehive as a trained service animal. Under Federal Law (Americans with Disability Act or ADA), service animals must be allowed entrance into businesses and other places that normally …

[PRESS RELEASE] Chaz Stevens, CEO of ESADoggy.com, Supports Missiouri’s Proposed Emotional Support Animal Law.

Missouri state representatives have again proposed legislation seeking to reign in assistance animals. Per House Bill 1319, any person knowingly misrepresenting a dog as a service dog for the purposes of receiving accommodations regarding service dogs under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act would be guilty of a misdemeanor. Misrepresentation of an assistance animal includes, but …

[AUDIO] Interview with Chaz Stevens, CEO of ESAD International

Multiple online companies claim to provide these official letters without ever seeing anyone in person. All you have to do is pay a fee and fill out a questionnaire. This causes two problems, people pay for fake letters and everybody has easy access to promote their pet to an emotional support animal, maybe without needing it. CEO of ESAD International, …

Chaz Stevens, CEO

How Real a Problem Are Fake Emotional Support Animals?

One online provider of emotional support animal verification letters, ESAD International, pitches itself as the wheat among the chaff. Chaz Stevens, the company’s CEO, claims that many of the company’s competitors are illegitimate. ESAD International, whose fees start at around $200, connects customers across the country with licensed mental health care providers in their area for evaluations. Once the provider …

Florida legislature to define and tighten emotional support animal laws

Chaz Stevens, founder and CEO of ESAD International, said that getting a proper mental health evaluation should not be an option for anyone who wants to own their ESA legitimately. ESAD International is a company of licensed mental health counselors that provide emotional support animal services through online and in-person sessions. “This is full-on mental health care,” Stevens said. “You should be spending …

Fake Florida ESA Letter Will Land You In Jail

Fake Florida ESA Letter Will Land You In Jail

Florida State Representative Sam Killebrew has filed HB 209 which, if it passes in the 2020 state legislative session, will amend Chapter 760 of the Florida statutes to do the following: Prohibit discrimination in the rental or sale of a dwelling to a person with a disability who has an ESA.Prohibit an owner or lessor of a dwelling unit from …

Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs (FHEO Notice)

Summary: This notice explains certain obligations of housing providers under the Fair Housing Act (FHAct), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to animals that provide assistance to individuals with disabilities. The Department of Justice’s (DOT) amendments to its regulations’ for Titles II and III of the ADA …

Banned Breeds

Banned Breeds

If you’re trying to be assessed with a banned breed, you’ll need to purchase our banned breed service.  This service requires the completion of a second online intake assessment of approximately 50 questions regarding the animal and its behavior, training, and environment. The mental health professional will consider if the animal in question is capable of performing the functions of …

[PRESS RELEASE] ESAD International Proposes Ethical Guidelines for Emotional Support Animal Letters.

[PRESS RELEASE] ESAD International Proposes Ethical Guidelines for Emotional Support Animal Letters.

With the recent passage of legislation in Illinois and upcoming changes in Federal law, the online emotional support animal business should finally benefit from the long overdue tightening of the rules governing the industry. For years, Chaz Stevens, CEO, and Founder of ESAD International has consistently supported and demanded increased governmental oversight, as weak guidelines at the Federal level allows …

Michigan's Proposed Emotional Support Animal Law.

[PRESS RELEASE] Chaz Stevens, CEO of ESADoggy.com, Supports Michigan’s Proposed Emotional Support Animal Law.

Michigan state representatives have again proposed legislation seeking to reign in assistance animals. Per House Bill 4910, a person would receive a misdemeanor for having a fake support animal. Punishment includes up to a $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail and community service. The bill would also require those receiving an emotional support animal recommendation must have a …