Are you one of the estimated 43.8 million adults in America that have or will experience a mental illness this year? Are you one of the 9.8 million that have a mental illness? The parent of the 21.4% of youths (ages 13-18) or that 13% (ages 8-15) that have had some type of serious mental disorder in their short lifetime? These numbers show the reality many often overlook.
Do you know an Emotional Support Animal may benefit you or your child? Do you have a pet and an ESA letter for him or her? No?! Let’s talk about getting your ESA letter, today.
Why do I Need an ESA Letter?
There are so many people that don’t understand how debilitating an emotional or mental disorder can be. Because mental and emotional disabilities don’t show, many landlords and airlines frown on allowing ESAs to accompany their owners.
An ESA letter is a prescription from a doctor. With it, you can have your Emotional Support Animal with you in your home even if your apartment or rental specifically states “no pets.” They cannot charge you extra! Having an ESA letter may even allow them to travel in the cabin on flights with you for free. These rights are covered by the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA).
Where Do You Get Your ESA Letter?
You can only get it from one person, a licensed mental health professional.
There are two places you can get your Letter from:
Your Doctor—You can get a letter from your current mental health professional if you have one. If you don’t have one you can go through the expensive, time-consuming process of getting a new one.
Getting this letter from your doctor or therapist can be difficult. Some doctors don’t agree on the therapy an ESA provides their owners and can reject Emotional Support Animals altogether. They may not give their patients a fair evaluation due to this bias and believe they are simply trying to get a fly-free or “no pet” rent-free pass. Others just don’t know enough about Emotional Support Animals. If your Doctor writes ESA Letters, that’s great! If not, that’s where we come in.
Online—In this technological age, online services can seem easier and quicker. However, you must be careful! There are many scams and stories of people who have paid an arm and a leg for an ESA Letter only to get a worthless piece of paper! With American Service Pets, you can be sure this will not happen to you! We believe in the power of pet therapy and want to ensure all individuals suffering from mental illness get the best treatment available.
We couldn’t make it any simpler!
After you take the free online test and qualify for the ESA Certification Letter, a licensed Doctor will look over your file. Your case can be assessed very quickly since you’ve already been pre-approved—if you do indeed come back as qualified. Since we always have a Doctor on call, you’ll be getting your ESA letter in no time!
**Just a Note:
Getting your ESA Letter is just the first step. As long as there is a mental health stigma, there will be conflicting thoughts against Emotional Support Animals. You must remember to forget what other people think. Just focus on taking care of yourself and your new ESA. Enjoy that fluffy ball of joy or bouncing mountain of muscle, whichever you prefer.
If you need us, we’re here, always just a click or call away!