One online provider of emotional support animal verification letters, ESAD Int’l., 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 Int’l., 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 determines that the customer in fact needs an emotional
support animal, ESAD Int’l provides a verification letter that can be presented to a landlord.
The problem with less conscientious procedures, as Stevens sees it, cuts both ways. “There are individuals who come to us that are just looking for a cheap fix because they don’t want to pay a pet fee,” he said. “So it creates a backlash for those who are truly in need.”
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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.