Ever wonder what it takes to get a Florida Emotional Support Dog? Are you looking for Florida proof of animal for emotional support?
You know what? You might already have a Florida Emotional Support Dog sitting there, right at your feet!
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from an emotional disability this year and your dog helps you deal with the symptoms, then read on!
Florida Emotional Support Dog Letter
According to Federal Law, a Florida Emotional Support Dog (ESAD Dog) is a pet that helps alleviate symptoms of an emotional disability through affection and companionship. This is accomplished by a Florida Emotional Support Dog Letter.
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognizes the benefits of a Florida Emotional Support Dog, and through its regulations, allows ESA owners to live in most non-pet housing without requiring to extra fees.
“The Department’s [HUD] position has been that animals necessary as a reasonable accommodation do not necessarily need to have specialized training. Some animals perform tasks that require training, and others provide assistance that does not require training.”
The Federal Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) enables ESAD owners to fly, free of charge, their pet in-cabin on a commercial airline.
Exceptions to the Rules
Legal protection afforded to Florida Emotional Support Dogs is not unlimited. For example, public places are not required to admit ESAD Dogs even when they are required to do so for service animals.
Even landlords may deny renters to live with Florida Emotional Support Dogs if, even with reasonable accommodation, the animal poses a threat to the safety and health of others. Limited in scope, a landlord is not allowed to deny the request due to size and breed.
However, since no training is required for ESAD dogs, there is no need to provide the animal is certified.
ESAD Dog Letter
Referred to as an “assistance animal,” which includes service dogs, a Florida Emotional Support Dog does not require any formal training or experience.
Qualifying for a Florida Emotional Support Dog
There are two ways to go about qualifying.
Let’s start with the wrong way. Unfortunately, most of the ESA advertisers you come across on Google are outright frauds. Pretty much, if they’re selling “ESA pet accessories” and looking to register your pup in an “ESA database,” you’re likely being taken for a run on your money.
The right way is the way that complies with Federal Law.
The ESAD way.
Here, those qualified for an ESA (more about that in a moment) are recommended for an official Emotional Support Animal letter by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Our letters rigorously comply with Federal Law (Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act).
Additionally, all of your personal information is stored on our 100% HIPAA compliant servers.
Florida Emotional Support Dog Letter
Occasionally, we’re asked by our clients to “certify their dog.” And well, that’s not how it works.
You see, a Florida Emotional Support Dog letter is awarded to a patient suffering from an emotional disability. We’re not qualifying, certifying, nor approving an animal. Our job is to designate a pet as the patient’s emotional support animal.
An ESA letter from ESAD provides:
- Recognition you’re under the care of a licensed mental health professional’s for an emotional disability.
- Verification you’re significantly limited by a disability that affects your mental well-being.
- Recommendation for a Florida Emotional Support Dog as a necessary support for your emotional health.
Do You Qualify for a Florida Emotional Support Dog
Hardly a day goes by when we’re not asked if ESA registration sites are legitimate.
And the answer is oh, heck no.
There’s no such thing as a registry, database, or the such. It’s all a scam. Please avoid the following sites:
- National Service Animal registry
- Emotional Support Dog registration
- Official Service Dog registry
- US Service Dog registry
There’s only one way to qualify for a Florida Emotional Support Dog, and that’s a letter of recommendation from a Licensed Mental Health Professional.
Damage Caused by Dogs
Florida law states that if your dog bites a person trespassing on your property, you’re not liable for damages. Owners whose dog bites as a result of provocation, teasing or tormenting also are exempt from the law.
Under Florida law, a dog whose attack results in a serious injury or fatality will be confiscated by local authorities and held for 10 business days. You are entitled to a hearing during that time. If you waive the hearing or the judge decides it is appropriate, your dog will be euthanized.