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Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Letters for Iowa Residents

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How to Get an ESA Letter in Iowa Online

To obtain an emotional support animal letter in Iowa, you must attend an appointment with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) who can practice in your state. They can evaluate your disability and symptoms and write you an ESA letter, should they find that you qualify. 

This process is made even easier if you decide to use a telehealth provider such as Pettable. With Pettable, you can enjoy the convenience of having a live consultation with one of our LMHPs online – all from the comfort of your own home!

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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 Iowa

It's becoming increasingly common for people with disabilities to have an emotional support animal. Iowa state law and the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) protect the rights of those who own emotional support animals. Specifically, they contain provisions that allow you to live anywhere with your emotional support animal, as long as you have a valid emotional support animal letter for housing.

ESA Laws in Iowa

In Iowa (and most other U.S. states), emotional support animals are not automatically given access to public places in the same way that service animals are. In fact, the only way to know whether you'll be allowed to enter a particular venue with your emotional support animal is to present your ESA letter and ask the proprietor or manager if they will accommodate you. You’ll need to respect their decision, whatever it might be. This includes airlines (as stipulated by the Air Carrier Access Act), your place of work, public transportation, stores, and restaurants. 

If your request to bring an ESA on an aircraft is refused, you may still be able to have your companion animal fly with you as an ordinary pet in a small carrier. Just make sure to adhere to the pet fees and policies that the airline has in place. Another option is to have  your emotional support animal trained as a psychiatric service dog (PSD), as service dogs are allowed to travel in airplane cabins without any issues. 

Housing laws in Iowa are more accommodating to ESAs and their owners. The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compel housing providers to reasonably accommodate tenants with assistance animals. This means that, as long as you can provide an official ESA letter, your emotional support animal can live with you, regardless of the landlord's usual pet policy. Furthermore, you won’t have to pay any extra pet fees or deposits, nor will you be confined to any weight or breed restrictions that the landlord has in place.

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How Do You Qualify for an ESA in Iowa? 

In order to qualify for an emotional support animal, you must complete a live consultation with a mental health professional who is licensed in Iowa. Your therapist will evaluate your symptoms to determine whether you have a qualifying mental health condition and whether you would benefit from adding an emotional support animal to your treatment plan.

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Why Pettable? 

If you require an assistance animal for mental health reasons, Pettable is the best place to secure official status for your ESA. We're so confident in our online services that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. This means that we will always go the extra mile to make sure your PSD or ESA letter works for you. And, in the unlikely event that you have a problem with your letter, we'll provide a full refund. 

We feel comfortable making this guarantee because we’re backed by an expert team of highly experienced mental health professionals, and transparent operating procedures that are in line with both federal and Iowa law, every step of the way.

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 Letter Provider in Iowa

If you're still not sure whether Pettable is the right choice for you, just take a look at how we compare to other major online ESA providers. With our streamlined ESA approval process, our world-class team of therapists, and our glowing customer reviews, it's clear that Pettable is a cut above the rest.

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Verified Reviews: 4.8/5
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Trust Pilot: 4.7/5
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What our pet parents are saying

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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! 
“The process was straightforward, timely, and made me feel so valid in my journey.
Maddee W. Dog parent
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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!"
“I could hear Rhiana's compassion over our call and appreciated her patience.
Austin K. Dog parent
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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."
“Thank you again for helping relieve the stress.
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Meet Our Top Licensed Clinicians

Jennifer Bronsnick

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Jennifer Bronsnick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Anxiety Treatment Specialist, & Heartmath Certified Trainer. She provides customized workshops and trainings to working professionals and teams to help build resilience and reduce stress with practical strategies.

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Emilie Kay

MSW, LCSW

I graduated with a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before obtaining my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2021. I have eight years of experience in the mental health field working in and with various populations, including case management, intake coordination, and residential, inpatient, and outpatient programs. I am certified in Brainspotting to help individuals deeply process negative emotions and trauma/significant life events. Additionally, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and safety planning in sessions/groups.

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Kassie Claughton

LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist

I offer extensive experience supporting individuals in both outpatient and residential settings in the fields of social work and mental health. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor-II, Substance Abuse Professional, Certified First Responder Counselor, and Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider.

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Marvy Beckman

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As a clinical social worker, I have been able to work within multiple types of settings, such as hospitals, community centers, and family welfare. I enjoy having the clinical and administrative experience to holistically serve those I work with.

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