Did you come across a website offering to register your emotional support animal (ESA) in their database?
Stop right there and look for another place to certify your pet as an emotional support animal.
Every other day someone gets scammed by these websites offering pet registration or a cheap ESA letter.
The truth is that there is no such thing as ESA registration, and the benefits your get from it are none. You won’t get to live and travel with your emotional support animals with the document provided by these illegitimate websites.
To qualify for the legal protections offered by the ESA laws (Fair housing act, air carrier access act,) you must possess a valid and legitimate emotional support animal letter. This is a document prepared by a state licensed mental health professional describing your specific symptoms and the palliative benefits to be provided to you by your Emotional Support Animal.
This letter is a legally-enforceable prescription calling for you to live with and/or travel with your Emotional Support Animal. Properly prescribed and administered, this is a powerful tool that guarantees your rights under the law.
Any other document or registration done in the absence of a mental health doctor will not be accepted by landlords and airlines. Not only will you be denied pet housing and travel without pet fees, you can end up in jail if caught with a fake ESA letter.
While you can’t put an end to these websites offering cheap ESA letters and registrations, you can make sure that you are working with a trustworthy company.
Simply buying the first ESA letter you can find—or ordering the “bargain ESA letter” off of a random website will rarely give you the authority you need to enforce your legal rights. An unprofessionally concocted ESA letter will not accomplish what you need. It may, in fact, get you into a lot of legal trouble, for it’s a federal crime to present false or improper documentation in an attempt to gain housing or travel accommodations.
The law requires that any ESA Letter documentation be created by a state licensed medical or mental health care professional, and that any prescription for an Emotional Support Animal be made only after a thorough evaluation of symptoms.
The wrong kind of ESA Letter is not worth the paper it’s written on (regardless of how much you paid for it).
When you decide to get your ESA letter online, if you see any of these red flags do not give them your credit card information.
The letter you receive is clearly a form letter. It lacks professional letterhead. It’s not written by a health care professional.
There is no indication of a valid state license on the letter. It is not authentically signed by the prescribing health care professional.
Your letter is not signed by a healthcare professional licensed in the state of your residence. Landlords will immediately reference the signatory’s license number; if it’s not valid in your state, you may be denied tenancy on that basis alone.
You were not screened in your application. You must be legitimately qualified to enjoy the rights provided under an Emotional Support Animal Letter. The only way to determine that is following a specific and confidential survey of your symptoms. Any letter provided without this screening process is fake and will not serve your needs.
The company you are dealing with attempts to sell you a “pet registration” for your ESA Letter. There is no such thing as an emotional support animal registry anywhere in the country. Signing up for one is simply a waste of money and you are being victimized by a scam.
Be very wary of those websites going under official-sounding names like “American Pet Registry,” “Emotional Support Animal Registry”, “Official Governmental Support Dog Database.” Many will offer pet tags, collars, vests, and ID cards as a benefit of the “registration”, but they’re all bogus attempts to take your money.
There is no option for online chat, text, or telephone support. Even after you’ve received your valid Emotional Support Animal Letter, you may have questions or need to get a hard copy document with an original signature on it. You may need help verifying your documents with airlines or landlords. If the service you deal with is unable to provide this kind of support - be smart and look elsewhere for your Emotional Support Animal Letter.
They offer instant ESA letter approval. Don’t get fooled by immediate ESA approval after answering a few questions. This only means that they don’t have your symptoms reviewed by a mental health professional. You must talk to a mental healthcare professional licensed to practice in your state in order to find out if you qualify for an emotional support animal letter.
Extremely cheap ESA letter rates. These websites offer lower rates than the rest to attract customers. But the truth is having a team of qualified mental health professionals from every state is costly. If someone is offering unbelievable rates, there is a high chance that they are either getting your ESA letter signed by an overseas doctor or using a fake ESA doctor’s name and signatures.
They offer lifetime or multi-year ESA letter. It is important to know that you have to get your ESA letter renewed, similar to other prescriptions this expires as well. The validity of an ESA letter is one year, when getting it renewed you need to get it signed from the same therapist. Anyone offering a lifetime ESA letter is clearly scamming you.
The claim that you can take your ESA everywhere with the document provided by them. Unlike service dogs, emotional support dogs aren’t welcomed into all public places such as restaurants, libraries, cinemas, etc. (however, you can politely ask them if your ESA can accompany you, provided that it is well-behaved.)
The only way to get a legit ESA letter is by consulting a mental health professional that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, psychiatrist nurses, professional counselors, clinical social workers. Note that family and medical doctors don’t have the authority to prescribe an ESA letter.
We only work with licensed mental health workers who will provide you with signed legitimate emotional support animals.
The ESA letter delivered to you will have all the components that are required by the law. Here is what your ESA will look like:
The process of ordering your ESA letter from us is extremely simple. All you have to do is fill out our questionnaire providing basic information about you, your symptoms and about your pet.
Once you fill that out, a licensed mental health professional reviews your application. If you suffer from any of the following diseases, they will write an ESA letter for you.
Or any other psychiatric illness.
To avoid any discrimination against people suffering from mental disorders, federal laws for the protection of ESA’s and their owners were introduced in the United States. Anyone possessing a legit ESA letter is protected by these laws and gets to enjoy the benefits that they offer.
Here’s how having a valid ESA letter can make your life better:
Being a pet owner, you must already know how difficult it is to find an apartment that can accommodate you and your pet. Some places aren’t safe for your four-legged friend, while the rest have a no-pet policy. Fortunately, anyone who has a valid ESA letter for housing can live wherever they want, as the no-pet policy doesn’t apply to ESAs.
The fair housing act states that property owners and landlords are legally required to make reasonable accommodations for ESA owners with a valid letter.
Not only will you be living with your source of love and comfort aka your pet, you will be living with it without having to pay extra charges.
Have you been planning to visit your parents across the country or take a trip to get away from the daily hassles? But you just can’t fathom hopping on a plane without your buddy by your side?
Lucky for you, emotional support animals are allowed to travel in the cabin of the plane next to their owners without any pet fee or charges. You don’t have to worry about feeling anxious on the flight, or during your stay as your companion will be right there next to you.
This can all be made possible if you possess an ESA letter that airlines can approve of. As under the air carrier access act, airlines can’t stop a person from air travel with their ESA, similar to service animals. As long as they hold a valid letter.
However, airlines have their rules and regulations that you must become aware of prior to you flight. But the main requirement is an ESA letter.
Anyone with a pet can vouch for the fact that their lives are better and days get brightened by their pet. If having a pet can have such a positive impact on a healthy person then you can imagine how their presence will affect someone with emotional disability.
Having an ESA with you 24/7 will give you a sense of purpose and responsibility. Taking care of your pet, their needs, running around after them will distract you from your problems and help alleviate your symptoms.
A genuine Emotional Support Letter is a valuable and powerful tool. Be sure you’re getting the real thing.
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