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Getting an ESA letter in Texas requires connecting with a licensed mental health professional that is licensed and can practice in the state of Texas.
Often times it can be a pain to find a clinician with availability, that is convenient to connect with, and has experience with emotional support animal evaluations.
An easy way to get the process started is to use a telehalth marketplace to get matched to a mental health professional that is licensed in your state and has experience with emotional support evaluations.
Telemedcine makes things extremely convenient by getting rid of the need to go somewhere in person and wait in long lines. You can connect with an experience professional from the comfort of your own home today to find out if you qualify for an ESA in Texas.
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Anyone struggling with a mental or emotional disability can benefit from having an emotional support animal and is eligible to have one in Texas.
Texas understands how tough mental or emotional disabilities can be and as a result really works hard to support people struggling with those disabilities. Texas endorses the use of emotional support animals as a key part of someone's mental health treatment.
Texas has pretty approachable regulations around emotional support animals and we'll do a deep dive to walk you through everything you need to know about ESA laws in Texas and what you need to know to get an emotional support animal in Texas.
To recap it for you: the best way to find out if you qualify for an emotional support animal in Texas is to connect with a mental health professional licensed in the state of Texas.
ESA Laws in Texas mainly follow federal guidelines when it comes to emotional support animals so there are not a ton of surprises when it comes to ESAs in Texas.
On the rest of this page we'll dive into everything you need to know as it pertains to specific laws regarding housing, public access, work environment, and travel in Texas. These are the areas where there can be restrictions with having an animal and we give you the necessary guidance to make sure you understand your right in Texas in any of these environments when it comes to having an emotional support animal.
If you qualify for an emotional support animal you are protected in the Lone Star State and are entitled to keep your pets with you regardless of the buildings, HOAs, apartment complex's specific policy on pets. Even if they have an outright ban, if you have an emotional support animal that has been prescribed by a licensed mental health professional in your state, you can move in with your ESA.
Additionally, under Texas law you do not have to pay any associated pet fees as they are focused on making sure it is not unnecessarily expensive to have an emotional support animal.
By law an employers does not need to accommodate an emotional support animal in Texas as a support animal does not meet the definition of a service animal per the ADA.
Keeping that in mind though many employers are empathetic and recognize the value emotional support animals can provide as part of someone's ongoing mental health treatment. As a result, we'd encourage you to connect with someone in your HR department to find out if an accommodation can be made for your ESA.
Texas laws don't protect emotional support animals when it comes to traveling on public transportation. Only service animals, given their protected status under the ADA can travel on public transportation.
Additionally, Texas follows Federal protocol when it comes to travel and the Lone Star State does not have any additional guidance when it comes to flying with your pet.
The Department of Transportation, which regulates Air Travel, announced in March 2021 that individual airlines can determine whether or not they accept emotional support animals on their flights. As a result, it is recommended you contact your airlines before traveling in order to figure out if you can fly with your pet.
In order to qualify for an emotional support animal in Texas you need to connect with a mental health professional licensed in the state of Texas.
An easy way to find a clinician is to use a telehealth marketplace like Pettable. We focus an enormous amount of effort on interviewing and vetting licensed mental health professionals in Texas that have extensive experience with emotional & mental health evaluations as well as expertise and a passion for emotional support and service animals. What helps us stand out and guarantee the quality of our service is the team of clinicians we work with daily.
There are a variety of benefits that come with having an Emotional Support Animal Letter. HUD created these benefits so people with disabilities can always have the support they need. In this case it means ensuring you can always have your pet by your side and includes the following benefits:
The ADA wants to make sure that people that need support are never prevented from accessing the help they need. As a result, buildings, airlines, or other services that charge fees for you to bring your pet with you cannot legally charge you a pet fee if you have an ESA. The reason being is to make sure everyone can always have their pet that needs it.
Emotional Support Animals are protected by HUD. As a result, with a PSD letter you can ensure your pet is always accepted at any housing unit or apartment complex you ever move to. Much like the ADA regulations, HUD wants to ensure that people who need support from their pets can always have access to their treatment, regardless of where they live.
AirBnBs recognize emotional support animals as a critical component of someone's mental health treatment. As a result, you can legally bring your pet to any AirBnB regardless of their pet policy.
In March of 2021 the DOT release a new set of rules whereby ESAs are no longer federally protected and airlines are allowed to decide whether or not they accept ESAs. Most domestic carriers have decided that they will no longer accept ESAs. There are still many airlines that will honor an ESA and allow you to bring them in the cabin with you and not pay pet fees (Aeromexico, LATAM, Volaris, Westjet, etc). Please read our article on Which Airlines Allow Emotional Support Animals To Travel To Learn More. Before flying with an ESA we always encourage you to call in order to learn more about an airlines specific policy.
1. We Guarantee Our Letters Will Work For You
We believe you should not have to worry about your letter working or not. That's why at Pettable we offer a satisfaction guarantee - meaning your letter works or you get your money back.
2. World Class Mental Health Professionals
We have built a team of world class mental health professionals who can write you a PSD Letter prescription guaranteed to work anywhere you go.
3. Unparalleled Customer Support
We know getting your animal approved to travel or live with you can be stressful, which is why we invest so much in our team of dedicated support specialists to make sure you are always taken care of and have the support you need!
4. Licensed in all 50 states
Our network of mental health professionals is deep and spans across the entire country. Additionally, we have a deep team of mental health professionals to make sure we can meet any timeline.
5. Best In Class Legal Support
We are here to make sure your housing and travel needs are taken care of so you don't worry. Our legal team is dedicated to having your back should you need it!
6. Human Connection & Legitimate Evaluations
In order for your letter to work you need to have a live consultation with a mental health professional. At Pettable we make sure our clinicians adhered to HUD standards and conduct consultations over the phone to get to know you and your mental health situation well.
Pettable is the best provider because we're committed to making sure the process works for you. That means working with the best and most experience mental health professionals in the psychiatric service dog letter space, as well as providing a guarantee that your letter will work for you. We back all of this up with outstanding customer support, a renowned legal team, and a commitment to making sure you have an increidble experience.
We broke down the different services offered by every ESA service. And we looked for unbiased reviews from 3rd party sites.
Reviewed in Florida, April 15th, 2021
“I had such a great experience with Pettable from beginning to end. Rhiana was super helpful and thoroughly explained everything during my consultation. She created such a safe and comfortable environment during our conversation, making the process seamless. I highly recommend Pettable’s ESA services to my family and friends.”
Reviewed in Texas, August 10th, 2021
"I had a great experience with Pettable! I filled a form online and was contacted by a therapist shortly after. She was so nice and professional, really made me feel comfortable. The whole process went smooth and finally we got the ESA letter for Vito. First thing we did was take him to the beach for the first time! He had a blast with the sand and enjoy the water so we will definitely fly back there soon. Thank you so much for your services!"
Reviewed in Michigan, May 17th, 2021
“You were very attentive and I’m very satisfied with the provider I was assigned with, thank you again for helping relieve the stress of not being able to take my furry baby to our new home.”
Bolutife "Bolu", LCSW-S, MPA
Equipped with over 13 years, Bolu has worked with various populations (adolescents, couples, families, and adults), but finds passion in working with the BIPOC community suffering from trauma.
Shaunae, M.S., LPC
I have worked in the mental health field for 10 years with experience across diverse populations and communities. I’m dedicated to ensuring the best care possible.
Michael, LPC, LCDC
I graduated from UT Dallas with my BA in Psychology, University of the Southwest with my MS in counseling, and California Southern University with my PsyD in Psychology, but have been an LPC and LCDC since 2011.
I graduated with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. I completed my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Since graduating, I have been working in private practice.
Rhiana, MA, LPC, LAC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I primarily work with people experiencing homelessness. I began doing emotional support evaluations to increase housing access to all.
Clinical Social Worker
I have a BA in Psychology and completed my Masters in Social Work. I've spent my career as a clinical social worker, providing behavioral health support to patients.