As any animal lover can tell you, the trust and love your pet gives to you unconditionally goes a long way in this turbulent world in which we are all currently living. While any animal can provide emotional support, if you want to travel with your pet, or obtain housing in a no-pet apartment or rental home, you may encounter some resistance. Having your pet registered as an emotional support animal (ESA) can smooth the way and make your travel and housing needs much less stressful. While registration is not mandatory, it can eliminate problems associated with travel or obtaining a rental home or apartment, and make your life easier. Here are the steps to take in order to register an emotional support animal:
How to Register Your Pet
- The first step in the process is to obtain a letter from a therapist or doctor. In order to qualify, you must be considered emotionally disabled by a licensed mental health expert.
- Register your pet with a national service animal registry, showing the letter from your doctor.
- You will then receive a card to carry and show at airports or housing authorities. You will be able to fly with your ESA pet in the cabin with you without having to pay an extra pet fee. If you are searching for housing, you can live in a no-pet building and not have to pay an additional pet fee. Hotels that have pet fees will often waive their fee for an ESA animal.
- When you think of emotional support animals, you normally think of dogs, but any domesticated animal may qualify. No specific training is necessary because their very presence is what you need to mitigate the symptoms associated with your psychological or emotional disability. The only requirement is the animal must be manageable in public and not create a nuisance in the home.
- Although having a licensed emotional support animal will help in some circumstances, restaurants, libraries, grocery stores, and other public places are not required by law to allow your animal entrance. Check the establishment’s policy before bringing in your pet.
- You can purchase an ESA vest, collar ID tag, leash, or collar, for easy identification.
- Make certain the company you are registering with has a no-risk guarantee, and has customer reviews on their website.
These are a few considerations to keep in mind when you register emotional support animal.