Chaz Stevens, Director of People / Chief Dog Lover of ESAD Int’l., said that getting a proper mental health evaluation should not be an option for anyone who wants to own their ESA legitimately.
ESAD Int’l 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 a couple hours — two to three hours — with a licensed clinician talking about whatever issues you are managing. You think that costs $40? Do you think that’s something you can get the same day? No, it’s not. It’s a serious process, not just registering a pet.”
In a press release, Stevens supported prior attempts to restrict ESA and service animal laws in Florida. He has registered multiple bizarre and diverse types of organisms as ESAs to prove a point.
“I registered Muffin Top, my 11-ton African elephant,” Stevens said. “I registered Harry Henderson, which is basically Bigfoot; Odin, the Norse god of war; and I took a picture of my cactus plant and registered it as Freddy, my emotional support cactus.”
Chaz Stevens is an entrepreneur, former journalist, and well-known activist who has appeared on the front pages of Time, Miami Herald, Guardian, Slate, and the Huffington Post. He’s also appeared on The Daily Show, the Colbert Report, and Fox News.
Chaz lives in South Florida with his two rescue dogs. Before launching ESAD International, he could be found working on IT for IBM, Microsoft, and The Walt Disney World Company. But his favorite job is the one he’s now doing full time — helping people get to a better place.