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Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Letters for Arkansas Residents

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How To Get An Emotional Support Animal Letter In Arkansas Online

To get an ESA letter in Arkansas, you will need to schedule a consultation with a licensed mental health practitioner (LMHP) in the state. This could be a doctor, a psychiatric nurse, a counselor, or a psychologist who is licensed in Arkansas. Once you meet with them and share details about your mental health condition and the therapeutic benefits your ESA provides, they can write an official letter stating the validity of your need for an ESA. 

When you work with Pettable, we will connect you with an LMHP in Arkansas and arrange an online or tele-meeting where you can chat with them about your ESA needs. If you qualify, they will write your letter within 24 hours. 

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We'll help with any extra forms you need signed and our therapists are available to talk to your landlord anytime, for an additional fee.

* For California residents, effective January 1, 2022, new law AB 468 requires those seeking an ESA letter for dogs to establish a client-provider relationship with the individual for at least 30 days prior to providing documentation, which will result in having two consultations before qualifying.

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Emotional Support Animals In Arkansas

Under Arkansas law, ESAs are not regarded as service animals. Laws around ESAs reflect that of federal law. Namely, the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Animal Carrier Access Act (ACAA).

Below, we will explore each law in more detail.

ESA Laws In Arkansas

The FHA protects the rights of owners with ESAs and prevents unfair discrimination. As such, housing providers must make 'reasonable accommodations' for tenants with ESAs and not unfairly reject housing applications. 

Until 2021, the ACAA recognized ESAs. Unfortunately, they no longer do and this means that flying with an ESA is at the discretion of the airline. Oftentimes there are weight, size, and breed restrictions and ESAs may be charged the conventional pet fee. 

Service animals, however, as per the Americans with Disabilities Act, can always fly with their handlers, regardless of their weight or size.

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Arkansas ESA Housing Laws

As per the FHA, housing providers must make accommodations for ESAs, provided that they do not pose a threat to other people or animals. Those with ESAs must present an official ESA letter to the housing provider to prove that the ESA is needed. 

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How Do You Qualify For An ESA In Arkansas?

People with mental health conditions who gain therapeutic benefits from their ESA qualify for an emotional support animal in Arkansas. This should be confirmed by a qualified mental health practitioner in the person's home state. The official letter must include the recommendation for the ESA and the practitioner's medical licensing details.

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Benefits of Emotional Support Animals for Arkansas Residents:

There are many reasons why people living with mental health conditions choose to live with emotional support animals. They bring comfort and companionship to the lives of their owners and this can positively address many symptoms caused by mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, loneliness, and stress.  

Provide Mental and Emotional Stability

ESAs provide comfort with their presence. They offer their humans physical touch and affection and this promotes feelings of safety and wellbeing. Many people feel more secure when their ESA is close by as it offers owners a greater sense of security and protection. 

Reduce Anxiety on Public Transportation

Those who experience social anxiety or elevated anxiety on public transport can find great relief when traveling with their ESAs. ESAs provide grounding and can make people feel safer as they navigate public transport systems and the outside world. 

Provide Social Support

Animals and their humans share incredible social bonds. ESAs significantly reduce feelings of loneliness and add huge value and connection to the lives of their owners.

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How To Get a Psychiatric Service Dog in Arkansas

Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSD) - much like service animals - are recognized and protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under this act, PSDs must be individually trained to perform a disability-related function that supports the handler. For example, reminding a handler with depression to take their medication. 

Any dog can be a PSD and owners can train them themselves or through Pettable's online training program which equips handlers with the knowledge and skills to train their PSD effectively.

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Why Is Pettable The Best Online ESA Provider?

Pettable is the best online ESA provider thanks to our knowledge of ESAs, swift service, wide network of practitioners, and money-back guarantee. We provide a zero-risk solution to getting a legitimate ESA letter from a qualified practitioner in your home state.

Why Pettable?

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.

Why Pettable is the Best Online ESA Provider for Arkansas

Pettable is well versed in all things related to ESAs and we have a brilliant network of like-minded mental health experts on our side. We will connect you with practitioners who understand and value the important role that ESAs play.

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I had an incredible experience with Pettable. I had just moved and was looking for a new therapist, but knew an ESA would really help me with the transition, so I came to Pettable to get documentation so I didn’t have to wait months to get approval from my landlord to bring a pet home. The process was straightforward, timely, and made me feel so valid in my journey. Now I am raising a puppy and never been happier and healthier! I can’t recommend Pettable enough! 
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My pup provides relief in stressful situations, particularly when I'm away on necessary travel. Pettable was an amazing resource, connecting me with a therapist who listened to my situation and provided advice above and beyond. I could hear Rhiana's compassion over our call and appreciated her patience. Grateful for this service!"
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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."
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Bolutife "Bolu", LCSW-S, MPA

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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.

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Shaunae, M.S., LPC

Licensed Therapist
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.

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Michael, LPC, LCDC

Licensed Therapist
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.

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Jasmine, LCMHC

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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.

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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.

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Melissa, LCSW

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I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. I graduated from the Catholic University's National Catholic School of Social Service with a Master of Social Work.

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