Anxiety can rob you of the joys of life.
You have trouble sleeping or staying asleep or you’re sleeping the day away and can’t get out of bed in the morning.
You’re worried about anything and everything, even those things you know you can’t do anything about.
You’re afraid of things that never bothered you in the past. You find yourself getting irritated, even angry, over the smallest things. You’re no longer going out with friends, and your friends seem to be drifting away.
Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with a mood or psychological disorder and you’re even taking medication for it. But the medication has so many side effects, you sometimes feel like you’re coming apart inside.
If any of this describes you, well then, an Emotional Support Animal could be the answer.
“Ridiculous!” you might say. “How can a pet make me feel better when I’m so messed up?”
The benefits of living and a pet are almost impossible to quantify in a purely empirical diagnostic sense, but they’re increasingly leading people with feelings of despair, isolation, or sadness to at least consider bringing a dog, cat, bird or almost any other kind of house-broken, domesticated animal into their lives.
The benefits of an Emotional Support Animal are real and profound.
A pet can calm you down.
A dog can help you recognize the signs of a panic attack even before you do.
Dogs are particularly sensitive to our moods. Your dog will notice if you begin pacing, fidgeting, or limb-shaking and will come to your side and urge you to pet him; both of you will be calm in a short amount of time.
The presence of a cuddly pet is automatically relaxing. By their mere presence, your cat or dog can lower your blood pressure.
Anxieties are reduced when we’re around animals. Self-worry evaporates when you’re concerned about the welfare of your pet.. Self-worry evaporates when you’re concerned about the welfare of your pet.
The focus shifts from your anxieties to the needs of your companion. Being in public in the company of your pet removers the worry that people are judging you or your behavior, because the attention of most people is automatically towards shifted your “cute” buddy.
Pets are incredible conversation starters. Even the smallest personal companion will make it easy for you to make social contact with others, even with perfect strangers. Your feelings of loneliness and isolation are quickly reduced when people come up to talk to you about your pet.
We’ve all seen people with parrots on their shoulders or snakes wrapped around their shoulders who are surrounded by curious, friendly people.
You’ll feel safe.
In a situation where there is a genuine personal threat, the right Emotional Support Animal can let people know they should leave you alone. Even the smallest dog can sense “bad people” and hold them at bay with their barking.
You’ll be happier.
If you suffer from depression, your Emotional Service Animal can reduce its effects. When you know you have someone close by who cares about you unconditionally, and whom you care about in return, feelings of satisfaction, security, and even happiness surface.
Your physical health will improve.
Aside from the reduction of emotional stress and anxiety, merely having a pet who needs exercise or playtime will get you moving.
An ESA Letter makes it all possible.
What could be worse than having a beloved pet who brings you all the benefits of mutually reciprocated unconditional love and being denied the company of that pet?
Well, that’s exactly what happens to the majority of pet owners when they attempt to rent an apartment, condo, co-op, or single-family home. Landlords simply prefer to have tenants who have no “pets” (they would actually prefer to collect rent without anyone ever living in their unit!).
That’s why 95% of all rental agreements carry language specifically declaring “no pets allowed.” The vast majority of vacancy listings even make their no-pet policy clear to preclude a pet owner from even applying.
The same thing happens when a pet owner makes travel plans that include boarding a domestic flight on a commercial carrier. Airlines blatantly discourage passengers from attempting to bring any kind of domestic animal on board their aircraft.
They routinely impose outrageously expensive “pet fees” for the privilege of incarcerating family pets in cramped, frigid metal crates in oppressively cold cargo holds.
Imagine the fear of a pet in those dark, cold, claustrophobic conditions, surrounded by thundering noise with no awareness of where you are or if they’ll ever see you again. It’s a living nightmare for your pet and only makes the stress of flying on commercial aircraft that much worse for you.
ESA Letters solve a lot of problems.
When a pet owner possessed a valid, legitimately, medically-prescribed “ESA Letter” however, those restrictions can be made to disappear with a valid and authetic ESA letter.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHAct, 42 U.S.C.A. 3601 et seq.), anyone who has been diagnosed (by a physician, psychologist, or any other licensed mental health professional) with any mental health condition can qualify for an emotional support animal.
Do you know how it works?
If you think you suffer from a mental health condition or an emotional disability, then you will have to contact mental health professionals. Only a licensed therapist or a mental health professional can write an ESA letter for you.
You will have to arrange an appointment with the therapist. He will assess your condition and check if you really need an emotional support animal to help you with your mental condition.
Difference between an ESA and Service Animal
ESA dogs are not like service dogs. A Service dog or a therapy dog is individually trained to serve the physical needs of a person. That is not the case with an ESA dog.
An ESA dog provides support and companionship to help the ESA owner with his mental condition and relieve stress. The requirements for an ESA dog is that it should be well behaved and obedient to its owner.
The behavior of an ESA is the complete responsibility of its owner. If an ESA is considered to be a threat for any other person in public, an airline or an office reserves the right to restrict its access onto their premises.
Benefits of having a valid ESA letter
This means that with a valid ESA Letter and ESA registration, you can share rental housing and travel with your companion animal or your pet without limitation.
Live and fly with your pet
By law, neither landlords, nor airlines can refuse to provide “reasonable accommodation” as long as your pet is well-behaved, poses no threat to others, and is of a reasonable size for the accommodations being sought.
Finding a pet housing facility to accommodate your animal is not an easy task. This is why special laws are made to protect the ESA owners and their companions.
According to the Fair Housing Act, no landlord can deny the request for the residence of a person with an emotional disability. He has to make special arrangements to accommodate the ESA owners and their emotional support animal (ESA).
The landlord can also not ask for any extra charges or pet fees for the ESA. Even if there is a “no pet,” it does not apply to the emotional support dog or any other animal since they are not considered as pets.
This also applies when you are travelling with your pet. The Air Carrier Access Act allows the emotional support animals to accompany their owners in the cabin while flying.
After all, this is why you adopt an ESA in the first place, right?
What is the use if you can’t enjoy their company?
Who qualifies for an ESA?
Under the law, if you suffer from any of these general issues, you qualify for your own ESA Letter and the protections it provides for you and your pet:
The benefits of having an Emotional Support Animal with you - wherever you choose to live or travel are clear.
All you need is a bona fide, legitimate (be very careful about online services promising to “register” your pet; you are the individual with the legally enforceable rights) from established professionals. You’ll be asked a series of qualifying questions.
Then you’ll be put in touch with a licensed health care professional who will assess your needs. Once you’re qualified, you’ll be issued a signed prescription that serves as your documented ESA Letter.
Don’t leave the one who loves you behind.
If you believe you’re qualified, why wait? Apply for your ESA Letter now.
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