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!
Answer a few questions about your ESA needs
We'll match you to a professional in your state
Receive it within 24 hours of getting approved *
We'll help with any extra forms you need signed and our therapists are available to talk to your landlord anytime.
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 expert legal support, a 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.
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.
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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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.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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.