[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, …

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 …

[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 …

[PRESS RELEASE] Emotional Support Animal Business Owner, Chaz Stevens, Rises in Support of Illinois’ Assistance Animal Integrity Act

I’m delighted Illinois is cracking down on spurious Internet-based operations pumping out fraudulent ESA letters. – Chaz Stevens, ESAD International Founder & CEO Boca Raton, Florida (PRUnderground) September 7th, 2019 Looking to curtail the rampant fraud of internet vendors peddling emotional support animal documents, the newly adopted Illinois Assistance Animal Integrity Act (“AAIA”) aims to provide direction and guidance for …

[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 …

Backstory: Q&A with the Healthline Reporter.

Recently, ESAD Founder and CEO Chaz Stevens sat down with a Healthline reporter to chat about emotional support animals. Q: Who is an ideal candidate for an ESA, and why? For housing, an emotional support animal is a type of assistance animal recognized as a “reasonable accommodation” for a person with a disability under the federal Fair Housing Act. An …

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 …

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 …

Healthline: To Crack Down on Fake Emotional Support Animals, Experts Issue New Recommendations.

“Why should we act surprised when the animal acts out?” Chaz Stevens, founder and director at ESAD International, told Healthline. ESAD International is a group of licensed mental health professionals that aim to provide emotional support animal services both online and in person. “Currently, federal guidelines do not require any training for an ESA. Recent changes from the airline industry …