Emotional Support Animals

A Helpful College Housing Guide to Emotional Support Animals

Updated October 20, 2020.

We Make Emotional Support Animal Letters That Work.

We have heard the heart-rending stories of terrible trauma that can make the world a minefield. And we understand how having a furry friend by your side can make that world easier to navigate.

So, our specialty is making the process of getting your assistance animal in the door of your new apartment, or by your side as you travel as uncomplicated and worry-free as possible.

Our goal is to help our clients ameliorate the disabilities that significantly impact their life. We want to make it possible for your assistance animal to help get you to where you need to be.

We Use Good Faith All Around.

  1. Our letters work. It’s just that simple. And they're guaranteed.
  2. From start to finish, we do everything right. Legally, ethically, administratively, and process wise, we fully comply with every single U.S., Canadian, and state regulation (and there are a bunch).
  3. We abide by the spirit of Fair Housing and rigorously follow HUD's guidelines.
  4. You'll be under the care and treatment of a nearby provider (this makes all the difference in the world).
  5. We’re not selling “dirt-cheap $79 letters,” as those are routinely rejected. Marketed to the unwitting consumer, selling letters for a fee is illegal in many states.
  6. We're not peddling leashes, harnesses, ID tags, or the what-not. We can't register your dog, provide you with a certificate, or any of that nonsense.

A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau.

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 use active therapeutic care, and through personal knowledge provide reliable verification of an individual’s disability-related need for an assistance animal.

We are proud to be A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Our team exercises the kind of rock-solid ethics that serving those in need demands. Every day, we promote the spirit of Fair Housing by:

"Exploitative businesses are scamming disabled individuals and duping landlords. Shame on them. Like HUD, we're committed to protecting the housing rights of persons with disabilities," said Chaz Stevens, Founder and former Deerfield Beach Housing Authority Commissioner.

Get the Emotional Support Animal Letter That Lets You Take Control of Your Life.

An emotional support animal is a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under HUD's Fair Housing Act (FHA). An emotional support animal is not a pet, rather it is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a disability which significantly limits a person’s major life activities.

We fully comply with HUD's 2020 guidance for rental housing requiring clinicians to have active therapeutic care and personal knowledge of the tenant's disability when providing reliable written verification of their disability-related benefit for an assistance animal. Personal knowledge is the knowledge used to diagnose, advise, counsel, treat, or provide health care or other disability-related services.

With many clients, this is their first time with mental health care therapy, and we appreciate the thoughtfulness and consideration that went into undertaking this journey.

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To support active and retired service members, we offer U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs employees and contractors a free copy of our emotional support animal letter.

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Place an order, complete our intake exam, and then we'll connect you with a nearby clinician to verify your need for an assistance animal.

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Disability-Related Need for an Assistance Animal.

To be legitimately issued a reliable emotional support animal letter of recommendation, an individual must have a "disability and disability-related need" for an assistance animal. A nexus, or connection, between the animal and the disability must be assessed and verified. Disabilities, or functional limitations, include any mental or psychological disorder, such as intellectual disability, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.

Other impairments – based on specific facts in individual cases -- may also substantially limit at least one major life activity or bodily function, such as

  • seeing
  • hearing
  • walking
  • breathing
  • performing manual tasks
  • caring for one’s self
  • learning
  • speaking
  • working
  • sleep
  • concentration
  • social interaction
  • and focus

The following example demonstrates how an animal ameliorates the client's disability.

A symptom of Johnny Doe's PTSD is anxiety, causing a significant impact on the major life activity of sleep. Thankfully, John's dog Rover helps ameliorate his anxiety, thereby allowing John to sleep better. Conversely, without his dog, John's anxiety and sleep trouble increase.

If you're looking to save a few dollars on pet fees, are being evicted because you didn't disclose your pitty at lease signing, or the like, unfortunately, you're not going to be approved.

The clinician will also determine if the animal does work, performs tasks, provides assistance, and/or provides therapeutic emotional support.

Check out the informational Pre-Qualify Tool to review your disability-related need for an assistance animal.

Doing It the Right Way.

Once you place an order and complete our comprehensive intake exam, we'll connect you with a nearby clinical team member.

Your fee includes:

  • Provider copay.
  • Comprehensive intake exam.
  • Multiple sessions with a licensed behavioral care specialist located in who will begin to treat your disability-related need for an assistance animal.
  • Additional sessions (continued care) are available for purchase here now, or anytime from the practitioner.
  • The clinician will also assess and verify your disability-related need, and if therapeutically appropriate*, they will issue an emotional support animal letter of recommendation for housing.
  • You'll receive the original hard copy of the letter and a PDF version that can be safely downloaded.
  • You will also have access to industry experts familiar with the laws and rules regulating emotional support animals.

We do not sell letters for a fee, certificates, registrations, or accessories (leash, collar, harness, etc.).

Due Diligence.

If you're seeking online help (see if you and your pet might qualify) with your assistance animal, you can avoid problems by making sure you can answer "yes" to the following, otherwise, your accommodation request will very likely be denied.

YESClinician resides and practices in your state.
YESYou completed a standardized intake exam.
YESClinician has personal knowledge of your disability.
YESYou've engaged in multiple therapeutic sessions.
YESYou have an active therapeutic relationship.
YESYou disclosed animal at lease signing.
YESYou did not submit an "ESA certificate or registration."

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We're so confident our letters will be accepted by your landlord or airline, we offer a Risk Free Guarantee.

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Shop Today, Save $70.

Place an order, complete our intake exam, and then we'll connect you with a nearby clinician to verify your need for an assistance animal.

We're so confident our letters will be accepted by your landlord or airline, we offer a Risk Free Guarantee.

Are you looking to renew your letter?

Getting an Emotional Support Animal.

Your College Emotional Support Animal Housing Experts.

Adjusting to the college lifestyle can be difficult, and perhaps you're looking to qualify for an emotional support animal letter. With the pressure with classes and tests, not to mention being away from home -- friends, family, and your furry companion who've you had for years, this might be the right answer.

Typically cats and dogs, through their companion and affection, an emotional support dog or cat helps to lessen the symptoms of a mental disability. Governed by various Federal laws, FHA and ACAA, your college Emotional Support Animal requires no formal training (unlike a service dog).

Can I take my Emotional Support Animal to college?

Although many schools have relaxed policies on pet bans in recent years, many remain adamant about allowing students to bring animals on campus. Contrast to those in the mental health care business who have been advocating for the benefits provided by your emotional support animal.

It's Not Just a Letter Anymore.

What first started in California has swept across the nation. Colleges are now applying much stricter guidelines to approving a reasonable accommodation request for an assistance animal. When considering the reliability of letters provided, some of the factors considered include:

  • The extent of the provider’s knowledge about the individual.
  • The nature of their relationship.
  • Whether that relationship is of an ongoing therapeutic nature.
  • The basis for the assessment of the individual.
  • The specificity of the letter.
  • The basis of the assessment that the animal will ameliorate symptoms.

Accommodation Request Forms.

From HUD's updated guidance (January, 2020), "housing providers may not require a health care professional to use a specific form (including this document), to provide notarized statements, to make statements under penalty of perjury, or to provide an individual’s diagnosis or other detailed information about a person’s physical or mental impairments. Housing providers and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rely on professionals to provide accurate information to the best of their personal knowledge, consistent with their professional obligations.

Real World Accommodation Request Forms.


CAE Housing Accommodations Verification Form

College Specific Information

Quite often, universities requires information regarding:

  • The therapeutic relationship with the applicant which forms the basis for the conclusion and recommendation for the necessity of an assistance animal.
  • Observing the interactions between the person and the animal in question as well as any observations of the animal’s behavior around other commonly present animals or persons.

As you can see, the process is much more in-depth than in year’s past.