An Emotional Support Animal is just that. It’s an animal that belongs to somebody who has emotional needs. Sometimes people will refer to them as “therapy dogs” or “comfort dogs” but this is not recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Remember that Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Animals are different and have different legal requirements. In order to have a legal Emotional Support Animal, the handler must have a letter from a licensed mental health professional stating the handlers need for the animal. This letter protects the handler under the Fair Housing Authority Act and the Air Carriers Act. Emotional Support Animals are not protected under ADA laws due to not going through as much training as service dogs must go through. An ESA may fly in the cabin of a commercial or private airline with their handler, as long as the letter is from a licensed mental health professional. ( Not just a primary care physician). A very specific prescription letter from a licensed mental health profession is ALWAYS required by airlines, as well as advance notice in most cases that the passenger will be flying with an ESA. Landlords and property managers must make reasonable accommodations for tenants or prospective tenants with ESAs, even if the apartment, house, college dorm, or other residence does not allow pets. Reasonable fees may be asked of the client, similar to a pet fee. Besides requiring a letter of prescription. Property managers/landlords may require that the (prospective) tenant’s mental health professional complete and sign a Third Party Verification form. If you choose to be evaluated by one of our licensed mental health professionals we have here on staff, than you can also pay an additional fee to have an accommodation form filled out. Remember, that letter is what will protect your ESA under the Fair Housing and Air Carriers Act. So if you don't have anyone you are currently working with, please feel free to browse through our shop page where you will see our evaluation available for purchase.